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Commerce election saga ends
 by Miriam Torchinsky
After confusion about election practices
and possible rule infractions, a new president of the Commerce Undergraduate
Society (CUS) has been declared. But
some commerce students are still concerned about the controversy.
The CUS elections took place over two
days at the beginning of March. After an
appeal was declared invalid, Rosalin
Wang-Foon was named as president of the
CUS. Wang-Foon had been widely accused
of violating a verbal rule of which she
claims she was unaware.
The CUS Candidates' Handbook forbids candidates from campaigning within
30 feet of polling stations. An amendment
to include candidates' agents under this
rule was adopted at the CUS aAll-
Candidates Meeting at the end of
February. Wang-Foon says she attended
only part of this meeting.
On the first day of voting, a friend of
Wang-Foon's, Jesse Sims, was warned by
the CUS Returning Officer, Swan Lee, not
to violate election bylaws by campaigning
on Wang-Foon's behalf close to the polling
station. Sims, however, claims that he was
not campaigning while near the polling
booth.
But at a presidential candidates' meeting that day, Wang-Foon was warned of
her alleged offence. The purpose of the
meeting was ostensibly to get the presidential candidates to agree on a suitable
reprimand for the perceived violation.
This meeting would ordinarily be
chaired by the CUS Returning Officer, but
Lee was unavailable, and Irfhan Rawji, the
outgoing CUS president, chaired the meeting instead.
"[The meeting was] to talk about what
the punishment should be that [the candidates] thought was fair, but also to try and
get their input on how serious they
thought the offence was. I knew how serious in my mind it was, but I wanted to
make sure [that we were] on v the same
page,* said Rawji.
"As civil university students, as mature
university students, they should be able to
come up with a solution themselves. It's
only logical," added Lee.
The candidates eventually agreed to
revoke 75 per cent of the votes that were
cast for Wang-Foon during the time of the
alleged infraction, and to re-allot them to
the three other candidates in proportion
to the votes that they had received in other
ballot boxes during the day, which were
considered a 'true sample.'
But Wang-Foon does not think that asking her opponents to come up with a
penalty was an appropriate solution.
"This is a dream position for an opposing candidate—being able to collude with
fellow opposing candidates to destroy the
candidate being assigned a punishment,"
she said.
She also says that she "felt bullied and
coerced into recognising a grossly unfair
and unjustified penalty."
And Adam Zive, another presidential
candidate and the outgoing CUS vice-president external, said that the ruling was
unsatisfactory.
"I believe that [the other candidates]
felt that disqualification was the right
thing to do. We went into the [meeting] as
a good faith gesture, and none of the candidates felt that it was something that
even should have been negotiated," he
claimed.
Zive would have won the election had
Wang-Foon been disqualified.
Wang-Foon later submitted an appeal
to CUS Ombudsperson Geoff Kwan to
investigate her complaint. Kwan also
received complaints from two other presidential candidates. He recommended to
the CUS executive that Wang-Foon be disqualified.
"The evidence was clear that an offence
had been committed," said Kwan.
The CUS Executive agreed with Kwan's
recommendation and voted unanimously
to disqualify Wang-Foon from the election. Since Zive was another presidential
candidate as well as a CUS Executive
member, he did not vote.
Wang-Foon, however, believes that due
process was not followed. She appealed to
the AMS Elections Committee, and submitted a complaint to the aAMS
Ombudsperson. There are several complaints about this issue in the ombudsper-
son's office pending reports.
.And at an aAMS Council two weeks ago,
aArts councillor Bev Meslo made a presentation to Council on Wang-Foon's behalf.
Meslo made a motion to have the aAMS
direct the Ombudsperson to investigate
the matter. But Council defeated the
motion.
The aAMS Elections Committee
released a statement last week saying that
the CUS executive erred in disqualifying
Wang-Foon from the election, and overturned her disqualification.
Wang-Foon was then declared CUS
president, defeating Zive by a wide margin.
"There is no doubt in my mind that
there was no due process, or even principles of natural justice, followed until the
matter was brought to the aAMS," said
Wang-Foon.
Zive, however, disagrees.
"There's many parts of the [.AMS
Elections Committee] process that I felt
were unfair. There was no sense of due
process and they generally failed to provide justice or procedural fairness
throughout the process. I generally feel
that [the AMS'] actions were inappropriate."
Zive hired legal counsel to "[try] to
secure due process from the .AMS." He
also said that they were unsuccessful in
this attempt. Zive is considering
approaching the Student Court about his
concerns.
With all of the confusion, some commerce students are concerned that the
issue is not over. Lee says that if the AMS
bylaws allowed for a by-election, that
would be the best solution.
"There's still a lot of animosity going
on in the CUS, and unsettled feelings in
Commerce," said Lee.
Wang-Foon, meanwhile, says that the
new CUS executive hopes to clarify election procedures.*** THE UBYSSEY ■ WEDNESDAY. APRIL 5, 2000
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The public may soon learn the
details of UBC's confidential
exclusivity deal with Coca-Cola.
Yesterday, BC Information and
Privacy Commissioner David
Loukidelis began his examination
of a Freedom of Information (FOI)
request launched by outgoing
Ubyssey Coordinating Editor
Bruce Arthur to disclose the
details of the sealed Cold
Beverage agreement signed by
UBC, the Alma. Mater Society
(AMS), and Coca-Cola in 1995.
'Government institutions like
[UBC] should not be able to make
secret monetary agreements with
private companies/ said Andrew
Epstein, the lawyer representing
a^rthur. "There is no reason for it
and the law should not allow for it'
.Arthur filed an FOI request
with the Commissioner in late
1999 after UBC denied a request
to disclose the deal.
UBC was the first Canadian
university to sign a contract with
Coke. If unsealing the deal is
found to be in the public interest,
it could lay the groundwork for
similar challenges across the
country, said Arthur.
He added that the amount of
money the aAMS and UBC receive
from Coke is directly tied to the
amount spent on Coke products
by students.
'If students are getting sold,
they should know how much they
are getting sold for," said aArthur.
UBC Legal Counsel Dennis
Pavlich said that keeping the Coke
deal confidential allows UBC to
get the best possible deal, which
could not have been reached without such a clause.
'The university would be
happy to disclose the agreement,
but because of the confidentiality
clause that was part of the agreement we signed, we cannot, we
are obliged to adhere to that
clause,' he added.
AMS General Manager Bernie
Peets said that the student union
does not oppose disclosing the
contract details.
In a 1996 submission to the
Commissioner, UBC said that
most of the revenue from the deal
would be used to improve access
for disabled persons at UBC.
aAjthur's FOI request is the second launched by the Ubyssey.
Ubyssey reporter Stanley
Tromp's 1995 request to unseal
the Coke deal was rejected by
then-Commissioner David
Flaherty, who ruled that because
Coke and UBC had agreed to keep
the contract confidential, it must
remain so.
Tromp then took his case to
the BC Supreme Court, which
overturned Flaherty's decision on
the grounds that the hearing was
conducted improperly. Loukidelis
will now re-evaluate the request.*!*
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llllti THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2000
Piper talks tuition
PIPER: UBC President Martha Piper is animated and emphatic when
she speaks about her vision for the university. She says UBC is on its
way to becoming "the best university in Canada." tara westover photo
 by Alex Dimson
In person UBC President Martha Piper acts just like you might
expect the head of a major university to act She is affable, keen,
inquisitive and she speaks with conviction and optimism about
her vision "to make UBC the best university in Canada," even in
the face of challenges to the university's financial status.
Piper, who took over as president in 19 9 7, sat down with the
Ubyssey on Monday to speak about the issues that UBC has
faced over the lastyear.
The recently-announced provincial budget has drawn attention to the funding of universities. One of the major sources of
contention on campus this year has been the university's proposed tuition policy—Policy 72—which would introduce differential tuition fees in undergraduate programs if it is passed by
the UBC Board of Governors (BoG) next month.
Piper said that the university is exploring this option in
response to student demand for tuition revisions.
"Why are we doing it? We're [looking at] it because students
asked us to do it about three years ago. Students [were] really
upset with the current tuition policy so we honoured that and
promised that we would review the current tuition policy,' said
Piper, who added that the committee convened to amend the
tuition policy proposal received a lot of student input
This is the committee wisdom, this was not something that
was predetermined,' said Piper.
But critics have attacked the proposal because, they say, differential fees could discourage students from taking more
expensive programs because of the price, regardless of Iheir
academic interests. The aAlma Mater Society (aAMS) adopted a
motion in February formally opposing 'any university policy
advocating significant increases in tuition, institution-based
tuition decisions, and/or program-based tuition calculations.*
Piper acknowledges these criticisms, but stands by the proposal.
"I'm aware of the arguments and certainly the Board is
aware of the arguments. The counter argument is that [students
in cheaper programs] are subsidising students in a much more
expensive program. There are some who say that is the role of
a public university, but there are students who do mind it Like
anything within the university, there are many sides to the question. This is an important debate [to] have," said Piper.
But regardless of whether or not Policy 72 is passed, Piper
said that the university would neither support nor fight against
a further extension of the BC tuition freeze, which has kept
tuition levels stable since 1996, should it come under review.
"The university is never going to say 'freeze or no freeze.'
What we would like to do is have a thoughtful debate about
what makes sense—to offer affordable access to quality post-
secondary education."
Piper said that while the freeze has been a boon for students, the BC government hasn't adequately increased provincial funding to offset the freeze.
"We are falling significantly behind in the amount of
money we have per student from tuition. The total amount of
money we have per student is about $440 less than [universities] in Ontario and Quebec. That translates to $55 million for
the four established BC universities. That's a lot of
money...this gap has to be addressed," said Piper, who
explains that this gap has taken its toll on the university infrastructure. .Along with the presidents of BC's other major universities, she has been lobbying the NDP government for
more funding.
"The tuition freeze policy has a cost, if the government
doesn't pay it [the students] pay for it. By not being able to get
into the classes [they] want, and by having large classes and by
not having first year science labs."
Piper acknowledged, however, that this year's provincial
budget has begun to resolve this gap. The budget devoted $85
million to BC universities and colleges—a jump of 7.5 per cent
over last year's spending.
The president also spoke about UBC's relationship with corporations—an issue that has become an almost perennial controversy since the university and the aAMS signed a ten-year
contract with Coca-Cola in 1995, giving the soft drink giant
exclusive rights to distribute cold beverages on campus. The
contract—which is strictly confidential—has been challenged
by many students, who want the document to be made public.
"We have to look at what [arrangements] make sense," said
Piper. "For me the bottom line is influence on education and
academic integrity. When you cross that line it doesn't make
sense. If I felt a Coca-Cola deal influenced what was taught in
the classroom or affected our knowledge discovery or our academic freedom or our academic integrity, we wouldn't be promoting it and we wouldn't support it," she explained.
The issue has become prominent once again this year as
students at Quebec universities have protested against their
universities signing similar cola deals. For example, Student
opposition to exclusive beverage deals at the Universite du
Quebec and the Universite Laval has led both universities to
cancel their Coca-Cola contracts.
Piper, who in 1998 was named Business Communicator of
the Year by the BC Chapter of the International Association of
Business Communicators, does not think the UBC's Coke contract has had a detrimental impact on students. She argues that,
in some ways, the deal has contributed towards the university
community.
"The Coke deal is kind of old news. In fact the students
were big partners in the Coke deal. I don't personally feel that
that really changes the way we function as an academic community. In fact some of the Coke money is going to support
[UBC Athletics]," she said.
"But there is always that fine line and you have to be very
very vigilant," she added.
But even with this funding, UBC's Athletics program has
been scaled back by funding cuts this year, culminating with
the drastic downsizing of UBC's track and field team last
month. Piper said that despite the cutbacks, she considers
sports an integral part of the university.
"I think sports are absolutely critical. [The cutbacks] aren't
being made because we don't value sports, they're decisions
being made solely on the basis that we don't have the revenues and the resources to do everything," explained Piper.
"The question I would ask [students] is where do we get the
money? If tuition is frozen and we don't want to have sponsorships and the government feels the money they give
should go to classrooms then where does the money come
from?"
But despite any funding woes and controversy, Piper says
that she is generally happy with UBC's accomplishments this
year.
"What I'm most pleased about is the number of new
degree configurations there are. We now have project-based
learning in Applied Sciences. We have a [combined]
Arts/Engineering degree. We have instituted the faculty of
Arts co-op program. We've renovated 60 classrooms,' said
Piper.
But she admits that not all of her goals have been met. She
cites increased co-op participation, a better relationship with
the downtown core, and improving UBC's research infrastructure as outstanding goals.
She is quick to emphasise, however, that UBC has made
considerable progress.
'[We] are re-focusing on students while not negating or forgetting our research mission. I really believe that a university needs to get it right with its undergraduates students—they
are our most critical resources," said Piper.*!*
'Toban signs
deal, averts
shutdown
by Dave Leibl
CUP Manitoba Bureau Chief
WINNIPEG Th« (lDiversity of Manitoba (U
of M)'s student newspaper will not be .shut
down after tlie Ll of M Students' Union
(UMSU) signed an agrooment wilh tlie
newspaper last week.
The agreement to keep The Manitubsm
up and running comes three weeks following a motion passed by UMSU Council to
confiscate funding from tlie newspaper and
evict tlie Manitoban from its office.
Citing concerns over finances, Ihe
Council voted on March S in favour of tor
lninaling the Maiiitoban's autonomy agreement, which sparked demonstrations from
students who claimed U MS Li's actions vio
luted their right lo a free press.
UMSU president Steven Fletcher is
pleased wilh Ihe arrangement
"1 think this is good for sludf:nts. It's
good for Ihe .student union and it's good for
the paper. Everyone wins," said fletcher.
The new contract, which is awaiting rati
fixation by I'MSU Council, docs not abrogate thi' lurim-r agreement, but includes
several iiitK.'tidrrn'nLs ■ including a mechanism to .settle1 disputes tiotwnc.ii thi; student
union and the newspaper.
I'nde-r Ihe agrwnii'iil, an (jinhudspersim
committee will investigate any complaints
brought against tlie Munitalmn. If dispute
cannot bt' resulvpd lo the committee's satisfaction, a referendum will bo culled.
Mnmlohan Editor-in Chief Kmin
Matthews says tho newspaper staff is satisfied with tlie agreement, but still has con-
fi-rns over the way councillors handled the
issue.
'We fell bullied. "They wort' asking us to
put everything on the table and negotiate
under duress," he said.
More than 200 sluri.-nte npplaudr.d last
Thursday's announce mi'rit of the new
agreement but many .said Lhoy witu .still
liiltor over UMSU's earlier decision lo shut
down the newspaper without giving prior
notice to students or the Manilubdii staff.
"This .should never have happened.
UMSU should never have taken such drastic action without first consulting us," said
Andre Lavergne, who ha.s co-founded
Students at Large, a student information
network.
Lavergne and a group of about 100 students held a demonstration following the
announcement. They maintain UMSU's
purported infringement on the
Manilobiuis autonomy is part of a larger
issue of free speech.
Unhappy with recent amendments to
UMSU bylaws that permit students to speak
at Council meetings only at Council's discretion, protesters marched across campus
demanding that Fletcher restore full speaking rights to all students.
At that time, Fletcher told students he
valued their input and would take their concerns into consideration.
On Monday, however. Fletcher said he
does not plan to amend UMSU bylaws. He
said that if students wanted Id their concerns to brought before Council, they
should have played a more active xale in
the union earlier in the year.
"When we had postings for committees,
these postings were up for months. I
begged and I pleaded with all sorts of people to sit on [a general affairs committee],'
he said.
"For people to turn around and say that
they don't have speaking iights,„is very
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 by Tom Peacock
A recently-completed survey shows that UBC students and staff are supportive of tougher measures
to reduce the amount of garbage produced on campus.
UBC's Waste Reduction Task Force conducted two
separate week-long waste reduction programs this
term, one in the SUB, mainly at Blue Chip Cookies,
and another at the Totem Park Residence cafeteria. A
survey done as part of the program found that both
students and staff favour these waste reduction measures.
According to Sean Pander of UBC's Sustainability
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"green tax" on disposable containers.
"We wanted to see how people would respond to
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offered to customers who brought their own
reusable containers.
According to a study done by UBC graduate student Melissa Felder, 40 per cent of the garbage produced on campus comes from disposable food packaging and tableware.
"aAnd if you consider that a large part of the rest is
food waste, which is recyclable in some way, then
you see that we can reduce garbage by a lot," said
Jennie Milligan of the Student Environment Centre
(SEC), the aAMS resource group that initiated the campaign.
The campaign has received a lot of support from
the head of AMS Food Services, Nancy Toogood, who
plans to implement the "tax" in all SUB food outlets
next year.
But getting UBC Food Services to accept the plan
was more difficult, according to Milligan. She notes,
however, that it seems likely that the plan will go
through.
Director of UBC Food Services Andrew Parr told
the Ubyssey in February that he is very concerned
with the amount of waste produced on campus, and
that he wants to work with the Sustainability Office to
reduce waste.
Pander admits that the initiative has to move one
step at a time. "We thought that in order to make
TEN CENTS: That's how much you'll pay for drinking it
coffee or tea in that styrofoam cup in September.
TARA WESTOVER/UBYSSEY FILE PHOTO
something happen; let's get rid of bulk items," he
said.
The Waste Reduction Task Force is made up of
delegates from UBC Food Services, the AMS, the SEC,
the Sustainability Office, and UBC Waste
Management The "Green Tax" the Task Force hopes
to have in place by next fall will add ten cents onto
prices, and will deduct ten cents for patrons who
bring their own containers.
"We might not call it the 'Green Tax," said
Milligan, citing fears that such a name might scare
business away from the food outlets. "Maybe 'Brown
Tax,' or something like that would be better."
aAlmost 700 students and staff completed the sur-
vey, which showed that 60 per cent of respondents
decreased their use of styrofoam and paper mugs
and plates. Fewer than one per cent of respondents
disagreed with the waste reduction efforts.**
Land issues fbr Squamish U
by Stanley Tromp
Securing land is proving to be an ongoing problem
for former UBC President David Strangway's private university project in Squamish, and mertiaie	
questions surrounding which organisation is
receiving donations fbr the project
Last December, Amon Lands Ltd abruptly withdrew its offer of free land in the Squamish area for
the university project, citing unspecified environmental considerations, accordingto the Vancouver
Suil Strangway has since been seeking a new land
donor.
The non-profit entity Strangway set up to oversee the coitstruction and operation of the university, and to own its assets, is called the Howe Sound
Educational Foundation (HSEF), which gained
provincial society status last April.
However, project leader Peter Ufford, a Former
UBC vice-president of external affairs, told a
Squamish council meeting on March 7 that the
HSEF does not have charitable status, which allows
an organisation to issue receipts for tax purposes,
making it more attractive to potential donors than
a nonprofit society.
Squamish council said in a news release from
last December that *a commitment of $20 jxaSifm
in donations to the HSEF had been announced. At
the March 7 council meeting a further $80,000
was allocated lo asssist the HSEF.
Strangway's university Feasibility Report, which
he presented to Squamish council in December
claims substantial fundraising success.
"One foundation has allocated $1,00,000 to us
and several others? have expressed interest," the
report reads, also noting that this project had
"alivady raised $15 million of a target of $30 million lo $50 million. This is a remarkable level of
achievement before own announcing a fund rais-
ing campaign." The report did not nut specify what
organisation-the  HSEF or  otherwise-would
receive any of the money,
Corinne Lonsdale, the mayor of Squamish and
an HSEF board member, .said that she thought
Strangway's report referred to the HSEF, including
the statement, "We have Revenue Canada charitable status."
"Thore has been some question as lo what the
nature of the Howe Sound Educational Foundation
is," Ufford told council on March 7.
*It is a registered not-for-profit entity. It is not
our charitable status entity, because we have not
had to invoke that yet. We are not at that stage,' he
said.
"We do have independently a charitable organisation established, and we will activate that organisation when it's appropriate, and probably with
respect to lands acquisition and donation," added
USbrd, who would not name this organisation.
Repeated calls to Strangway and HSEF Director
and project publicist Steve Crombie to ask the
name of die organisation were unanswered.
"Howe Sound is not [a charitable organisation]
and does not have to have that status to carry out
the business we're carrying on here," said Ufford.
But last month Crosbie seemed to believe lhat
the HSEF did in fact have charitable status.
"I think we [HSEF} do have cliaritable status
now," he said.
*We don't work under any other charitable
name that I know of. We needed charitable status
to get the land, and Amon would have got a tax
receipt."
"It was my understanding the IIowo Sound
[Educational] Foundation would liave received the
land," said Anion Lands president James Tiampu.
"The Howe Sound group is tlie only name I
know. I think tlu-y do have a registered federal
charity, but I don't know if it's tlie Howe Sound or
anotliLT out'," he said.** THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY, APRIt S. 2000 I
SUB to take
on new look
Environment a trade issue?
by Sara Newham
The familiar sights of the SUB may not be
as familiar come September, now that the
Alma Mater Society (.AMS) has started to
renovate rooms and relocate clubs at a
cost to students of roughly $650,000.
While AMS representatives say that the
renovations are essential, some campus
clubs question whether the changes are
necessary, and are frustrated by a lack of
consultation in the process.
Under the first phase of the SUB
Strategic Plan, various groups—including
AMS Securitya Safewalk; Speakeasy, and
the Pottery Club—will move to different
locations in the SUB, according to AMS
Vice-President Adminfetration Mark
Fraser.
Fraser said mat the renovations are
designed to increase the space available
for student use,
"We're going to renovate it and make it
available to students/ he said.
AMS Designer Michael Kingsmill
added that the AMS would like to use
space more effectively, for example by
having the second level of the SUB house
more AMS services and clubs, in order to
increase student traffic flow on that level.
Butjuni Desil, assistant coordinator of
Colour Connected, a campus resource
group representing people of colour, is
unhappy with the amount of consultation
that her group has received from the
AMS.
'So far no representative has come
down and spoken to us. There is no letter,
no fax, no e-mail/ said Desil, who is
unsatisfied with the actual renovation
plans.
"As a resource group, there's an understanding that we're here to fulfill the
needs of students and we can't do that if
every year they're wondering where is
Colour Connected," she said.
But Brian Maclean, director of
Speakeasy and co-chair of Pride—the
campus resource group representing gay,
lesbian, bisexual and queer students-
disagrees, and says that Pride has
received a lot of consultationa
'It's still realty earty—the way things
started it could have been a difficult issue,
but [the AMS is] really trying to get everyone involved," he said.
Maclean would like the resource
groups—which are currently located
throughout the SUB-to be given more
visible and prominent locations so lhat
they can attract more students.
Although the renovations are only in
the preliminary stages, the AMS is exploring the idea of having aD. resource
groups—includmg Pride* Colour
Connected, the Student Environment
Centre, and the Women's Centre—together on the second floor.
Kingsmill said that there are also plans
to renovate die rarely-used kitchens in the
basement of the SUB for club use. The
Pottery Club, the Bike Coop, and the AMS
Council chambers could move to this
space.
Othor renovation plans include adding
a unisex bathroom for the physically challenged on the second floor, renovating
Blue Chip Cookies, and increasing lighting on the second floor.
This year, tlie AMS lias also renovated
the second-floor outdoor courtyard, and
created a new lounge with sofas and
chairs near the cafeteria.
The renovation projects draw on tlie
Capital Projects Acquisitions Fund, which
comes from a $15 levy collected from
each student. Kingsmill expects the SUB
Strategic Plan to be completed witllin two
.years.*
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FAIR TRADE? EU Ambassador to Canada questions the priorities of
trade organisations such as the WTO. tara westover photo
 by Daliah Merzaban
Environmental concerns should be integrated into all areas of
trade policy, says Daniele Smadja, the European Union (EU)
ambassador to Canada.
"The protection of the environment is very much at the centre of the European Union," Smadja, who was at UBC this week
for the opening of the Institute for European Studies, told the
Ubyssey on Monday.
Smadja was in Vancouver discussing the role of the EU in
international affairs with government officials and the media.
The EU is a 15-member regional trading bloc which recently
acquired a common currency, the Euro.
Smadja said that the EU promotes a multilateral approach to
tackling environmental problems, in particular through multilateral environmental agreements, including the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Montreal
Protocol on Trade in Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
But commenting on the World Trade Organisation (WTO), an
international trade body with 134 member countries, she said
that trade and the environment have not gone hand-in-hand—a
flaw she believes the WTO must address in future trade negotiations.
When the WTO ministers' meeting was held in Seattle at the
end of last November, tens of thousands of protesters took to the
streets of downtown Seattle to protest the WTO's impact on the
environment human rights, and labour rights.
Smadja said that criticisms surrounding the WTO's negligence of existing environmental agreements are warranted. She
cited, for example, the rights of individual countries to trade
genetically-modified organisms.
The EU, concerned about health issues surrounding hormone-injected beef, for instance, refused to import the beef
from North aAmerica. Due to a ruling by the WTO court in the
late-1990s, the EU must now pay Canada $13 million [US figures] and the US $ 117 million in compensation for contravening WTO trade rules.
Smadja said that the WTO must more effectively consider the
concerns of individual trading entities, like the EU, regarding
environmental issues in trade negotiations.
"The problem is how you reconcile the rules which are
embodied in trade agreements and the rules which are embodied in environmental agreements and, as far as the EU is concerned, there should not be any primacy of the WTO over the
environmental agreements," said Smadja.
And she said that the protests in Seattle served to open the
eyes of many WTO member countries to the importance of pub-
he consultation.
"Seattle did constitute a kind of waking-up call for countries
and I think now we are going to be a little bit more vigilant about
what is going on from there and not just look at trade problems
within the WTO but to reach out and communicate better with
all the stakeholders," she said.
Other concerns raised in Seattle centred on the influence of
trading blocs on social programs like education. Smadja said
that national governments are not willing to give over regulation
of these programs to a multilateral body.
Comparing the EU with the North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA)—a trading bloc including Canada, the
United States, and Mexico—she said that similar regional integration pohcies are unlikely.
While all the EU member states are relatively equal in terms
of size, standard of living, and economy, Smadja said that
because the member states of NAFTA are so different in these
terms, anything more than a trading relationship is doubtful.
But Smadja, who has lived in Canada for almost two years, did
draw comparisons between Canada and the EU in terms of multiculturalism. While the EU has effectively integrated its member
countries politically and economically, she said that the various
European cultures in the region have been preserved.
"We respect very much the 15 different cultures of the 15
different member states. We believe that it's not only important to respect them but to keep them as such," said Smadja,
who added that Canada has also avoided creating a homogenous culture.
"What I find fascinating in [Canada] is the fact that Canada
is the mirror image of the entire world because there is not
one single community which is not represented in Canada."*
UVic hacker gets off easy
by Patti Edgar
the Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)-To avoid a costly legal
battle, a University of Victoria (UVic) computer science student has recently signed
an agreement with Mattel, one of the
world's largest toy makers.
Matthew Skala, a UVic master's student
and his Swedish Internet friend Eddy
Jansson created CP4break, a computer
program that explains the inner workings
of Mattel's software program, Cyber
Patrol, and allows users to override passwords of the program which blocks out
over 80,000 websites.
Cyber Patrol is touted as "the world's
most trusted Internet filtering solution"
on the company's website.
The agreement gives Microsystems
Software Inc—a division of Mattel—the
rights to Skala's share of CP4break and of
an essay that examines Cyber Patrol.
Sydney Rubin, a Microsystems Inc
spokesperson, says that the company
launched a lawsuit because Skala and
Jansson's program undermined the ability of parents to protect children from inappropriate online content and infringed on
the company's copyrights.
However, Skala said that the lawsuit
obscures larger issues of academic freedom and individual rights.
He says that he tackled Cyber Patrol's
software because he is concerned that
Internet filtering software tramples on
young people's freedom of choice.
"Cyber Patrol is marketed to schools,
libraries and employers," said Skala "You
have a private company that's deciding
what is right or wrong for a public organisation."
Skala comes from a long line of people
who hack Internet filtering programs to
reveal what's on their lists.
Skala and Jansson say they see no evidence of a clear pohtical or religious agenda on Cyber Patrol's list, but websites that
criticise Cyber Patrol, as well as an atheist
news group, are censored. About 50 per
cent of the blocked websites are inactive.
Anti-web filtering organisations such as
Peacefire point out that the lists of content
being blocked by companies like Cyber
Patrol isn't available to consumers
because it is considered a trade secret
According to Peacefire, sites by
Planned Parenthood, the AIDS Authority,
Mother Jones magazine and a feminist
newsgroup are among those blocked by
the company.
Rubin calls such criticism "nonsense,"
but did cite Planned Parenthood as an
example of a website which is only
blocked if parents chose to activate the sexual education filter on the program.
That's only one of a 100 reasons why
something is or isn't on our list," she said.
"This is a human creation. It's not perfect,
but it's not deeply flawed." She says Cyber
Patrol offers an alternative to government
Internet censorship.
David Jones, president of Electronic
Frontier Canada and a professor at
McMaster University in Hamilton, says his
group stands behind Skala and doesn't feel
he did anything illegal.
"There are two ways to battle censor
ship," he said. "One is to fight the decision
makers. aAnother approach is to work
around the technology. It's a way for people, especially young people, to get their
freedom back and we like it"
Jones says the lawsuit will send a chill
through academia, where reverse engineering—taking apart programs to see how
they work—is a "time-honoured tradition."
The agreement signed by Skala and a
similar one signed by Jansson state that
they can't reverse engineer or create programs that bypass any other
Microsystems software, or help someone
else do it* 6
THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY, APRIt 5, 20D0
The
year in review
j    The Ubyssey chronicles another year on—and sometimes off—our Point Grey campus
 by Nicholas Bradley and Daliah Merzaban
All in all, it's been a quiet year at UBC. The strike, which
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals had
been threatening all year, lasted only half a day. The controversial Genocide Awareness Project (GAP), which drew
large crowds of protesters and led to violence and arrests
at some American college campuses, arrived at UBC in a
scaled-down form, sparking only small protests. And the
ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation
(WTO), held in Seattle in November, was largely ignored
by UBC students, even though it was a focal point for students and activists from across North America. But even if
it has been a quiet year on campus, there have still been
important issues at play. The question of differential
tuition fees has been debated, student fees went up by
nearly $200, and the chance for students to get a discounted bus pass has been put on hold until next year—at
the earliest.
With the school year coming to an end tomorrow, the
Ubyssey takes a look back at the hot topics of the past eight
months, in chronological order.
A mandatory health and dental plan
To help ease the cost of fillings, antibiotics, and contact
lenses for students, the Alma Mater Society (AMS) introduced a mandatory health and dental plan this year. But
the price tag of the plan—$168—and the rules behind it
have prompted much criticism from students and dental
officials this year.
Students voted in favour of the plan in a referendum
last October, and now all students—full and part-time
members of the AMS or Graduate Student Society—will
pay $ 14 per month for health and dental coverage.
Many students are pleased with the plan, but it has
come under attack this year because of the rule that students can't opt out of the plan unless they are already covered by equivalent medical and dental plans. This means
that students with health coverage but no dental coverage
must pay the full fee anyway.
While many universities across Canada offer similar
plans, undergraduate students are generally given more
opt-out options.
The health plan also came under scrutiny earlier this
year after the College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDS)
warned dentists to use caution before joining the UBC dental network, a major feature of the plan which offers students an additional 20 per cent discount if they go to specific dentists for dental work.
The CDS said in a notice to all dentists that joining such
a network could put them in conflict with the Dentists Act
and Rules, which could in turn lead to disciplinary action.
But the plan is being used extensively by students, and
a health plan office in the SUB basement is open to deal
with student inquiries about coverage.
Dutton vs. Mahmoodi ends
in knockout
A long-standing sexual harassment case was finally
resolved this year. aAfter almost five years of investigation
and deliberation, the BC Human Rights tribunal ruled in
October that UBC pohtical science professor Don Dutton
discriminated against a student, Fariba Mahmoodi, by
sexually harassing her, and ordered Dutton to pay over
$13,000 in damages.
Mahmoodi came to UBC in 1994, and hoped that
Dutton would be able to help her get into graduate school
in psychology; she claimed that she understood that in
exchange for physical intimacy, Dutton would help her get
accepted, despite her poor grades. Still, Mahmoodi forged
one of her letters of recommendation, and testified that
she believed that Dutton's support was waning.
Mahmoodi then embarked on a campaign to "destroy
[Dutton] professionally," she admitted under cross-examination.
It is unclear what actually took place between
Mahmoodi and Dutton during their meetings at the professor's house, but it seems clear that Mahmoodi under-
stood that some kind of contract had been made. The case
passed through various levels of university investigation
before being referred to the BC Human Rights Tribunal in
1998, which made its ruling at the end of October.
Dutton disputed the ruling and Mahmoodi was disappointed that she was not awarded more in damages. He
has spent over $100,000 on his defense, and she is still
not in graduate school. Many of the facts of this case are
still unknown, but some conclusion, at least, has been
reached in this case.
The abortion debate hits UBC
Last summer, Lifeline, a student club, began planning to
bring the Genocide Awareness Project, a controversial
anti-abortion display, to campus. GAP, a project of an
American group called the Centre for Bio-ethical Reform
(CBR), drew protests on some .American campuses it has
visited in the past, largely due to the comparison it makes
between abortion and acts of genocide such as the
Holocaust Opposition to GAP quickly mounted at UBC,
and the university became involved in negotiations with
the CBR over the terms under which GaAP would be
allowed on campus.
The full-size display never made it to UBC, however,
and the first scaled-down version that Lifeline itself
mounted in November lasted only half a day before it was
torn down by three protesters. The incident has since
become the subject of a lawsuit, launched by three Lifeline
members against the three protesters, who have also
faced disciplinary action from the university. At issue is
the question of free speech, and whether Lifeline and GaAP
should be allowed to voice controversial sentiments, or
TAKING A STAND: Then-AMS Coordinator of External Affairs
Nathan Allen protests against the Genocide Awareness Project in
late February (above). UBC political science professor Don
Dutton (left) was charged with discrimination
after a lengthy series of investigations, taba westover photo (above)
CHRIS NUTTALL-SMITH/UBYSSEY FILE PHOTO (LEFT)
whether their perceived message violates hate laws.
Former UBC law student and BC Civil Liberties aAssocation
President Craig Jones, who made a name for himself during the fallout after jAPEC, has taken on the case against
the demonstrators.
GAP made another appearance at UBC in late February
and drew another protest, although this time the display
stayed up all day. The Crown has recently decided not to
press criminal charges against the demonstrators, and the
civil case in still in the courts.
The Battle in Seattle
Two years ago, when the APEC leaders' conference came
to Vancouver and UBC, the opposition on campus was
widespread, and the protests gained support from many
students on campus. When the World Trade Organisation
(WTO) held its ministerial conference in Seattle last
November, however, it failed to capture the interest of
students in the same way the aAPEC had, despite the fact
that thousands of protesters from across Canada and the
United States would be making their way to Seattle to
protest the organisation, which regulates global trade.
UBC students were among those protesting, joining
busloads of students from other local universities and colleges. aAnd on campus, an anti-WTO teach-in and a hunger
strike attempted to call attention to the conference and to
the WTO itself, whose pohcies are often criticised for promoting trade at the expense of labour and environmental
standards. The protests in Seattle quickly became international news, as police clashed with demonstrators using
tear gas and rubber bullets, and as the city's downtown
core was looted and eventually placed under curfew.
Hundreds of protesters were arrested, and later released,
and the city's pohce chief resigned over the affair.
Despite the violence, however, the protests were successful in shutting down the first day of the conference,
accompanied by stalling trade negotiations and US
President Bill Clinton's public criticism of the WTO. The
week-long conference left Seattle without having made any
significant decisions; it did, however, gain widespread
notoriety, as the protests were covered by media from
around the world. UBC's hunger strikers, meanwhile,
recentiy earned an audience with Canadian Minister of
International Trade Pierre Pettigrew.
CUPE strikes campus
Last August, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) support staff Local 116 held a strike vote, which found 89
per cent of its membership in favour of job action. This
was just the beginning of a five-month stand-off between
campus CUPE locals and the university over faltering contract negotiations.
Soon joined by Local 2950, Local 116 began to threaten rotating job action after contract negotiations with
UBC—which had been underway since January 1999—
failed to reach a resolution.
The university began to prepare for job action in the
fall, sending out e-mails, revising the UBC strike policy,
and warning professors to inform students. While some
students worried their classes would be interrupted after
numerous arbitrary deadlines set by the locals came and
passed, most remained completely apathetic towards the
whole issue.
Meanwhile, similar problems with contract negotiations at other BC universities ensued, and support staff at
the University of Victoria set up pickets all over campus
for a day-long strike in November. A rotating and full
strike also disrupted classes at the British Columbia
Institute of Technology from October 21 to November 15.
/And when UBC students returned to campus in
January, they were greeted by a week-long rotating strike
which stopped buses at Blanca, blocked the entrance of
Koerner library for an afternoon, and offered students
free parking in campus parkades for the week.
Then, for the first time in history, support staff at all
four BC universities went on campus-wide strikes on
February 1 after the universities and the provincial government failed to meet their deadline for a contract. CUPE
officials province-wide were demanding the resolution of
sectoral issues, including wages and value-added benefits
similar to the rest of the public sector.
But the strike lasted for only half a day and was unsuccessful in attracting much student support, with the
majority of students crossing picket lines to go to class.
But it didn't really matter because the CUPE locals, who
had been without a contract since April 1999, reached an
agreement by noon that day.
The RTA shakes up AMS elections
The issue that generated the most conversation on campus this year was likely the debate over the Residential
Tenancy Act (RTA), which dominated the AMS elections in
late January and swept the anti-RTA Students for Students
slate into all five executive positions.
The RTA is the provincial legislation that governs the
relationship between renters and landlords. The 1999
AMS external commission had proposed that the RTA
would give more rights to students living in residence,
and the Action Now slate—largely composed of external
commissioners—made it one of their main campaign
issues.
The Action Now campaign, however, was completely
derailed when students living in residence and residence
associations strongly voiced their opposition to the RTA.
There were also charges, eventually dismissed, that UBC
Housing had been part of the anti-RTA campaign.
The residence associations were largely very upset with
the prospect of the RTA, and probably played a healthy
role in the sound defeat of the Action Now candidates and
the election of Students for Students, who sported two residence association co-presidents. Several appeals of the
election results were all dismissed, and with them, the
STANDOFF: A row of RCMP officers faces off against student
protesters at Gate 6 during the APEC summit in November,
1997 (above). Staff Sergeant Hugh Stewart testifies at the
Public Complaints Commission (right), richard lam/ubyssey
FILE PHOTO (ABOVE), TARA WESTOVER/UBYSSEY FILE PHOTO (RIGHT)
RTA issue seems to have died.
APEC inquiry stiil creaking along
It may be over two years since the APEC conference visited UBC campus on November 25, 1997, but throughout
this year, the RCMP Public Complaints Commission (PCC)
continued to investigate pohce action during aAPEC.
Over 40 public complaints were filed about RCMP conduct during APEC. Since October 1998, the PCC has been
investigating complaints—largely from student protesters—that the RCMP overreacted when they dealt with protesters during aAPEC.
Questions of credibility plagued the inquiry from the
beginning, and allegations of conflict-of-interest and bias
have sidetracked the hearings. But after testimonies this
year from key officials involved—including UBC President
Martha Piper, Prime Minister's Office (PMO) official Jean
Carle, and Staff Sergeant Hugh Stewart—the most striking
turn of events occurred at the end of February.
Several students participating in the inquiry—including
former UBC students Jonathan Oppenheim and Jaggi
Singh—withdrew their complaints after Prime Minister
Jean Chretien declined an invitation by PCC Chair Ted
Hughes to testify at the hearings.
The students had been hoping from the start to explore
the possible involvement of the PMO in aAPEC security
arrangements. They charge that Chretien directed the
RCMP to ensure that there would be no visible signs of
protest for fear of embarrassing certain foreign leaders,
including then-Indonesian President Suharto.
But with Chretien's rejection, the students said they
had lost faith in the ability of the PCC to fully investigate
the problem, and withdrew their complaints even after
over 100 witnesses and more than 30 allegations had
been heard by the PCC.
Protesters of the activist group Democracy Street-
including Garth Mullins and aAnnette Muttray—did not
abandon the hearings, which ended on March 31.
Lawyers and complainants will present their final oral
arguments in June.
aAmidst all of this chaos, the fundamental question of
whether protesters were rejected their democratic right to
freedom of expression during aAPEC has yet to be
answered and, given the complications that have surrounded the inquiry from the start, it is doubtful whether
it ever will be.
JOB ACTION: CUPE workers rally in front of the UBC Bookstore in a job action held before the strike itself. Students taking
the bus were forced to walk from Blanca when bus drivers refused to cross picket lines, tara westover/ubyssey file photo
Mexican student strike quashed
While students across Canada participated in the
Canadian Federation of Student's national Day of Action
in February to protest funding cuts to education, a ten-
month long student strike at Latin aAmerica's largest university was brutally and abruptly ended by federal pohce
in Mexico.
The students had closed down Universidad National
Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in April of 1999 after the
Mexican government announced a plan to increase
tuition from the Canadian equivalent of a few cents to the
equivalent of $200—in contravention of the Mexican constitution, which guarantees free pubhc education.
The students occupied the university and barricaded
the main campus, effectively shutting down the university
for over 270,000 students.
.Although UNAM aclministration eventually withdrew
their initial proposal, the student strike continued in order
to protect the educational rights of future students. The
students were demanding a guarantee of stable tuition
fees in the future, an end to privatised entrance exams,
and a more democratically-run university.
But the strike ended abruptly in February after, in two
pohce actions, 998 people—mostly students—were arrested at the university.
Over 100,000 Mexicans marched through the streets of
Mexico City to demand the release of the jailed Mexican
students. Meanwhile, students put up pickets at Mexican
consulates across Canada to support the Mexican students, and to call attention to the internationally widespread issues surrounding rights to accessible education.
No U-Pass this year
Plans to implement a mandatory student bus pass fizzled
out this year over funding disagreements and lack of pohtical will from the aAMS.
The plan, similar to one at the University of Victoria,
would see all students pay a fee which would make their
student cards equivalent to a bus pass. The U-Pass proposal was designed to reduce single-occupant car trips to
campus, and included other measures to benefit students
coming to campus by bike or carpool.
But the plan would require TransLink to supply many
new buses to cope with the increased demand. And without additional iunding from UBC, the monthly cost to students for the pass would have been roughly $25 a month,
a figure which the aAMS decided was too high—the student
society wanted the university to pay a portion of the cost of
the plan, since it would benefit the entire campus, not just
students. Some members of the AMS were also unwilling
to make the U-Pass mandatory for all students, a condition
which TransLink insisted upon. The plan has been put on
hold as a result, a significant setback in efforts to reduce
traffic to campus.
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However, the AMS did fund new bike lanes this
year. Cyclists commuting to UBC now have designated bike lanes along University Boulevard
between Blanca and Wesbrook—an important
improvement to cycling facilties at UBC.
The smoking ban goes poof
Smokers were dealt a blow on the first day of the
new millennium when the Worker's Compensation
Board (WCB) introduced a strict no-smoking policy
for all public facilities in BC, including pubs and
restaurants.
At UBC, the new regulation mostly impacted the
Pit Pub and the Gallery, the two licensed areas of
the Student Union Building. The new rules were
aimed at protecting workers from second-hand
smoke.
But the BC Supreme Court threw out the WCB
regulations earlier this month, ruling that the WCB
implemented the ban without sufficient public consultation. Some pubs in the Lower Mainland have
argued that the ban has hurt business. The WCB
now requires more extensive consultation with the
hospitality industry before a similar ban can be
implemented again.
Despite this announcement, the Gallery and the
DAY AND NIGHT: Protesters blockaded the Sheraton
Hotel during the day (above), while at night Seattle's
streets were filled with tear gas.
TARA WESTOVER/UBYSSEY FILE PHOTOS
Pit are remaining smoke-free. Fears of lost profit
did not materialise, and, according to the AMS, the
smoking ban has had only a minimal impact on
business at the Pit and the Gallery—and has had a
great impact on improving the atmosphere of the
pubs for non-smokers. The City of Vancouver is
now considering a municipal smoking ban.
The freeze is still freezing
Students graduating this year can consider themselves lucky—they've finished before the tuition
freeze has ended. For the past five years, the
provincial NDP government has frozen tuition fee
rates at their current levels. And although last
week's new provincial budget announced that the
freeze would continue for another year, and
announced new spending for post-secondary education, this year has brought speculation over the
cost of a degree for future students.
The AMS has adopted a policy supporting that
tuition be tied to inflation, a stance similar to that
of the BC Liberal Parly, whose leader, Gordon
Campbell, told the Ubyssey that, although he would
like to maintain the freeze, tuition may rise after
the next election.
Meanwhile, universities are looking for ways to
offset the costs of the tuition freeze. UBC is considering implementing a policy of differential tuition
fees, which would see students pay tuition based on
faculties. Courses in the Faculty of a^rts, for example, would cost one rate, while courses in the
Faculty of Science would cost another. Although
this policy has yet to be approved, it may be in place
as early as next year.
And in the end-
Tins year was, for the most part, uneventful. The
campus failed to become excited or enraged over
any issues, and no event gathered any significant
attention from students. In short, this was just
another year at UBC, another year that will be easily forgotten. If there's anything that the past few
years have shown, it's that it takes a major international event happening right here on campus, complete with a huge pohce presence, to get students
up in arms about anything. aAnd with nothing along
those lines planned for the near future, it seems
safe to say that this year will be just like years to
come. Students will go to their classes, and professors wil teach them. And then everyone will go
home. Such is life at UBC.»> THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2000
U of Toronto finalises an
anti-sweatshop code
TORONTO (CUP)-The University of Toronto (U of T) is set
to adopt a new anti-sweatshop code of conduct.
The code will require that all manufacturers
producing clothing with U of T insignia disclose
their labour practices. The finalised code, details
of which are being kept confidential until just
before the April 18 University Affairs Board
meeting is the first of its kind in Canada.
Recently, eight members of the group Students Against
Sweatshops (SAS) occupied the office of U of T President
Robert Prichard for ten days in hopes of speeding up the
process.
SAS member Genny Santos said that the anti-sweatshop
group will be keeping an eye on the code's progression
until U of Ts Governing Council meets in May.
Prichard says that he is pleased with the policy, which
he calls "enforceable and workable." He adds, however, he
regrets that the sit-in took place.
"The sit-in was an irrelevance except that it took [SaAS
members] out of the dialogue."
But the SAS has no regrets.
"We had to make the issue public," said Santos.
—with files from the Varsity
Fair trade coffee at U of M?
WINNIPEG (CUP)-A group of University of Manitoba (U of
M) students have started a petition to bring fair trade cbf-
fee to campus, after citing concerns about the labour and
environmental practices of Starbucks, the university's current coffee supplier.
Fair trade coffee ensures that coffee workers receive a
living wage, and that the product is bought directly from
National
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farmers who encourage ecologically sustainable practices.
A recent study of Guatemalan coffee plantations—commissioned by Starbucks, but produced by the independent
Commission for the Verification of Codes of Conduct—said
that almost half of the coffee workers are not paid the
national nunimum wage of $2.48 (US) per day, and over
80 per cent are not paid overtime.
But U of M Student Union
President Steven Fletcher says that
it's unlikely that fair trade options will
be pursued on campus.
Fletcher, whose administration
brought Starbucks to campus this year, says that many cof
fee alternatives already exist on campus for students who
don't want to purchase Starbucks coffee.
At UBC, the Alma Mater Society-owned Blue Chip
Cookies has begun to offer fair trade coffee in addition to
its regular selection.
—with files from the Manitoban
York smoke-free by 2004
TORONTO (CUP)-York University is getting ready to
implement a Toronto municipal smoking ban.
Effective June 1, 2001, smoking will be prohibited within restaurants unless there is a designated smoking area
that is sealed off. And by June 1, 2004, billiard halls and
bars will also be non-smoking if there is not a separate
smoking room.
Phyllis Clark, York's vice-president finance and administration, recently issued a memo that campus business
owners will be resigned to a smoke-free future.
Rob Castle, owner of the Underground, a campus
restaurant/bar, is not overly concerned with the 2001 regulation, citing studies that show smoking bans do not
adversely affect day business.
However, he is worried that night business, which
would be affected under the 2004 restriction, could have
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an adverse effect as more people smoke during the
evenings at the facility.
In response to the ban, the university plans, among
other things, to increase security campus patrols to ensure
compliance with the bylaw.
Some student smokers, meanwhile, are not happy with
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"There's a smoking section, and there's a non-smoking
section. If you don't want to smell smoke...go to the nonsmoking section," Meir Perez, a first-year business and
society major, said of the ban. "If smoking is legal, it should
be legal everywhere."
Earlier this year, BC introduced a bylaw prohibiting
smoking in public facilities, but it was recently rescinded
for further review. The Gallery and the Pit Pub, located in
UBC's SUB, however, will remain smoke-free.
—with files from excahbur
Ryerson protests tuition
TORONTO (CUP)-Police and campus security officers
were called in to control a student demonstration at
Ryerson Polytechnic University.
The protest came as Ryerson's Board of Governors
decided to put a two-year-old motion to hold pff deregulating tuition fees up for review by its finance committee.
The deregulation, approved by Ontario in 1998, but on
hold at Ryerson since then, allows universities to charge
any amount of tuition in such programs as engineering
computer science, law and dentistry.
Following the decision, students took over the meeting
room. In response, Board members called off the meeting
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through a back stairwell.
The finance committee has been asked to discuss the
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Beginning next year, students
accepted by the Faculty of
Dentistry will have to provide personal health documents as part of
a new policy approved by the UBC
Senate in February.
Upon acceptance to the faculty,
students are now required to submit health records showing evidence of immunisation against
infectious diseases to University
Student Health Services.
Though health records have no
bearing on a student's admission
to the faculty, students who test
positive for diseases such as
Hepatitis-B or HIV may be forced
to modify their academic program, or, at worst seek alternative
career options.
One of the statements to be
added to the Winter 2000 UBC
Calendar cautions students that
"being a carrier of any one of the
conditions may restrict both
[their] educational opportunity
to obtain competency for graduation, and [their] practice as a
dentist.*
Donal McDonnell, acting chair
of the admissions committee for
the Faculty of Dentistry, believes
that this policy is necessary.
"All the Faculty of Dentistry is
trying to do here is bring ourselves in line with the Faculty of
Medicine, which currently has a
policy more or less worded
exactly the same."
In December 1998, the
Faculty of Medicine proposed a
similar policy which was criticised for potentially Umiting students' career options. One
major concern was that students who had a communicable
disease would be restricted
from assisting at the surgery
table, an experience essential
for most medical professions.
But McDonnell says that the
risk levels between the two professions are different
"There is some blood-letting
involved in the practice of dentistry from the point of view of
extracting teeth...I think that the
general opinion is that the risk is
so low, the risk of infectivity is low.
In medicine, where the volumes of
blood and other tissues are relatively larger, I think the risk is considered a little different"'
He says that the Dentistry policy was made in the best interest of
both students and patients.
However, the policy cannot
ensure that current students are
free from communicable diseases. The issue of safe practice is
regulated by the BC College of
Dental Surgeons, a provincial
body responsible for issuing
licenses to practice dentistry.
Yet the college operates on the
same principles for public and
professional safety.
"We're interested in trying to
ensure that there is safe dental
practice for the public," said John
Silver, Deputy Registrar of the
College of Dental Surgeons (CDS).
Dentists are expected to follow CDS-recommended barrier
techniques against communicable diseases.♦ THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY. APRIt 5. 2000
11
Birds luck out in quarterfinals
The number-one ranked UBC rugby team defeats SFU, but not in their typical winning form
GOOD ENOUGH: The number-one ranked UBC men's rugby team had trouble against Simon
Fraser University (SFU) in playoff action on Saturday, but the Birds managed to pull it
together at the end. A UBC player scrambles for the ball as it goes out of bounds with
three Clansmen looking on (above), tate in the second half, UBC fly-half Ian Stewart enters
the endzone and heads towards the uprights with a SFU player in pursuit (right). Tempers
flare and players get rough after Stewart scores the final try (bottom right), naomi kim photos
 by Naomi Kim    with the backs lined out,
Stewart found the hole
and placed the ball
under the uprights for
the game-winning try.
"We won the last 20
minutes [of the 80-
minute game]," said
Stewart.
Referee calls and non-
calls were disputed
throughout the game but
in the end, one ruling
was clear. SFU played
the better game.
"UBC is a very good
team," said SFU head
coach Mike McMartin.
"They deserve to continue on [but] I felt [wel
If all else fails, a little luck can mean all the difference
between winning and losing.
UBC got lucky.
In the second round of the First Division men's
rugby playoffs, UBC faced the Simon Fraser University
Clan on Saturday. UBC, the number one-ranked team in
the division with an impressive 12-1 regular season
record, were up against the number nine-ranked
Clansmen.
The Birds were coming straight from a tight victory
against the University of California-Berkeley Wednesday,
and with five starting players missing due to injuries,
UBC struggled early but managed to squeeze out a 2 7-2 3
win to advance to the semifinals in two weeks.
"We- definitely dodged the bullet on that one,"
admitted UBC captain and flanker Grant Munro.
"We're ranked number one and we can play a lot better than we did and we're going to have to if we want
to continue [to the finals]."
Although the final is a likely possibility for the Birds,
it was the least of their concerns on Saturday. With SFU
jumping out to a 13-5 lead, there were bigger priorities.
The Clan successfully ran the ball and played an expansive and physical game, and the forwards drove the
scrum into the endzone in the second half to lead 2 3-17.
But with 20 minutes remaining in the game, Ian
Stewart—UBC's regular starting fly-half who did not
start due to injury—came into the game. Shortly afterwards, UBC managed to cut SFU's lead to 23-20.
The Birds continued the pressure and just five minutes later, they were back on the 22m line, but failed in
the kick attempt. The Birds inched forward again, and
played really well and so did [UBC]...I thought we were
the better team on the day."
"Give [SFU] all the credit," said UBC head coach
Spence McTavish. "They came here and they think they
gave their heart and soul for that game and we kind of
just gave a token effort but we managed to get it in the
end."
"[Our team] was very poor," said McTavish, who also
noted the injured starting players. "I think they had a
good attitude towards the game but they just didn't light
it up on the field today... Towards the end of the game,
they started to get all involved, but maybe that was just
kind of the sense of urgency, but that's the type of an
urgency that you need throughout the whole game."
BASEBALL
Tho Birds spcnl thc weekend in Walla Walla,
Washington and pl.iyrd two double hinders
against Whituum College, an NCAA Division ill
leuuu.
Saturday, UBC started oil'with two wins, 3-1
and 7-1 against the hosts, but Sunday. Whitman
College came back, luuidiiiii, U1H" ;i Js 2 loss. But
Ihe Birds would not li'uvt' without the final word,
and blew their opponents away with a 20-2 win
in tlie final game of the weekend.
The Birds are now 11-1 (j and will travel to
laPwiston, Idaho on April 7 and S to play Lewis
IClark State College, a NCAA Division 1 team.
WOMEN'S GOLF
The golf team took its NAIA number-one ranking
and confidence to Lhfi Kastarn Washington and
Gonzaga Tournament in Spokane, WA on
Sunday and Monday for a non-stop 36-hole, 9.5-
hour contest. Rookie Sarah Moodie and team
captain Maija McCauley played excellent games
and led tho team to a second-place finish, just
behind the University of Idaho, an NCM
Division I team.
In Ihe first round, McCaulny shot a 74 (two
over par) for tlie team's lowest single round
score of tlie entire season. Moodie was not far
off, shooting 76, followed by a 77 in the next
roimd to combine for a team season record two-
round low of 153. .And as a team, UBC scored a
combined team low of 313.
Moodie finished in fourth-place overall, and
McCauley finished in seventh.
UBC and the University of Idaho will meet
again in their next tournament, to be hosted in
.Moscow, Idaho. Although Idaho heal UBC this
tournament, the T-Birds beat Idaho in a previous meeting.
MEN'S SOCCER
In exhibition play, the UBC men's soccer team
faced off against the NCAA number 14 ranked
team, the University of Washington (UW). Tlie
match took place in Blaine, Washington but the
home advantage was all UW would have. The
Birds took the win 2-1, with rookie forward Steve
Dickinson scoring both UBC goals.*
UBC will need to get that urgency back for their next
game, which will be against the Britannia-Lions (12-4)
who ranked in sixth-place after the regular season. They
easily won their quarterfinal against the Castaway
Wanderers 34-7. The Brit-Lions, a former premier league team, played UBC twice during the
season. The teams split the series, with the Brit-
Lions handing UBC their only loss of the regular
season. Semifinals will take place April 15.
"When we play well, I think we're the best
team in the league by far," said Munro. "But it's
just a matter of...making sure everything goes
well."
Everything including healthy players, sharp
skills, winning attitude, and, well, being lucky
doesn't hurt either.♦
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The Ubyssey's year-end sports awards are here! With the T-Birds' on-field
results surprisingly similar to last year's, you may experience a feeling of deja
vu. But no pushing, and only one per customer, please
by Naomi Kim
Healed bruises, dried mud on cleats, and final
exams—the mark of another season's end. A time
to relax and to remember the good games, the bad
games, and the rainy, rainy weekends.
Looking back, it certainly seemed like the year
that already was—last year, in fact. The women's
field hockey team and the men's and women's
swim teams brought back UBC's only national
championship titles, just as they did in 1998-99.
But its not as if the Thunderbirds lacked stiff
competition. This year, schools in the West won
12 of the 19 CIAU championship titles—and
Alberta, Victoria, Calgary, and UBC were the top
four.
But in the end, as they have before, the Birds
faced familiar foes and familiar fates. Just as in
1998, the UBC football team lost to the
Saskatchewan Huskies in the Canada West finals;
the women's volleyball team's championship bid
included the midseason addition of a national
TOP BIROS: The T-Birds brought the same three
national championships they won in 1998-99 home to
roost Men's and women's swimming each earned
another banner to hang over the pool-they were led
by Olympic hopefuls (above, from left) Mark Versfeld,
Mark Johnston, Jessica Deglau, and Marianne Limpert.
Meanwhile, newcomer Wieske van Zoest (left) helped
women's field hockey to their second straight crown.
1ARA WESTOVER PHOTO (TOP), BRUCE ARTHUR/UBYSSEY FILE
PHOTO (LER)
team member, but ended at the hands of the
juggernaut .Alberta Pandas for the fourth
straight year; men's basketball failed to make
the Canada West finals for the fourth season
in a row; and the dreams of the women's basketball team vanished in Victoria for the fifth
straight time.
(■"U a\nd, of course, the men's hockey team
j failed to make the playoffs, but this year, it
wasn't that formulaic—the Birds set records
for futility. Meanwhile, the men's volleyball
team virtually had a playoff spot in its grasp
as it countered a slow start to the season with
a midseason winning streak. But in the toughest conference in Canada, they couldn't close
the deal, and missed the playoffs.
In some ways, though, it was also a year of
the new, as UBC teams looked south of the border
for competition. The baseball, cross country, and
golf teams all officially played in the US-based
NAIA conference for the first time, with the baseball team now calling Nat Bailey Stadium home.
And it was another year of farewells—UBC's
CIAU medallist teams will have to face huge player turnovers. The women's field hockey, women's
volleyball, and women's rugby teams lose large
chunks of their rosters to graduation. The track
and field team says goodbye to not only its athletes, but to most of its events as well, as the program was axed due to funding pressures.
Also leaving are such star athletes as women's
basketball's Jessica Mills and football's Akbal
Singh. As well, longtime men's basketball coach
Bruce Enns resigned after 15 years; women's volleyball coach Erminia Russo ended her three-year
interim stint filling in for Doug Reimer; and with
the end of the track and field program, head coach
Carmyn James' time at UBC ended abruptly.
continued on next page THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY. APRIt 5. 2000
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ALL THE WAY: No, there weren't any
men's soccer or men's volleyball
medals, but the contributions of soccer
rookie Adam Plummer (number 11,
above) and volleyball veteran Guy Davis
(number 10, left) were recognised with
national honours, tara westover photos
Honourable mentions: Jessica Mills, basketball; Jessica Deglau, swimming; Sarah
Maxwell, volleyball; Ann Harada, field hockey.
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Running back Akbal Singh thrilled the
crowds at Thunderbird Stadium lastyear as he
dodged and darted through the opposition to
run to a school and Canada West record—1296
yards. This year, he broke his own school
record with 1646 yards on the ground, and
added 11 touchdowns. The two-time Hec
Crighton Award Nominee, for the most outstanding university football player in Canada,
fell short of the award, but he's got plenty of
hardware: he holds the Canada West single-season rushing record, the UBC season record for
both rushing and for total offence, and he's a
two-time CIAU first-team All-Canadian. He is
also a nominee for the BC Athlete of the Year
Award.
Honourable mentions: Mark Johnston, swimming; Courtenay Kolla, basketball; Steve
McCauley, soccer; Guy Davis, volleyball.
MOST INSPIRATIONAL PLAYER
(FEMALE):
ments
alike.
and accomplishments
continued from previous page    Tt|^ year-
FEMALE ROOKIE OF
THE YEAR:
Before the season started, she
was called the team's "dark
horse" by women's field hockey head coach Hash Kanjee.
Dutch striker Wieske van Zoest
fit right in with UBC's defending national champs. Most of
last year's squad returned this
season, but the addition of van
Zoest and her team-leading 11
goals certainly helped the team
win a second-straight national
title. Just watching her stick
tricks is reason for amazement, and at full speed with
the ball, she is deadly.
Honourable mentions:
Maureen O'Connor, field hockey; Sarah Moodie, golf; Carrie
Watson, basketball.
MALE    ROOKIE    OF
In a non-conference soccer game against Simon
Fraser University, she broke her nose, fractured
her eye socket, and broke her cheekbone in three
places as a result of a collision with the SFU goalkeeper's   foot.   Fourth-year   midfielder   Kim
Spencer was supposed to miss the entire four-
week regular season, but she returned to the
pitch after only three weeks, in time to play the
last game of the regular season. Spencer will return
to the team for one more term next year in her fifth
and final year at UBC.
MOST
(MALE):
INSPIRATIONAL     PLAYER
But other teams—men's soccer, men's basketball,
women's basketball and swimming—will remain relatively the same, and will continue to build for next
season.
Despite questions of funding and turnover, UBC
teams focused on the game and produced memorable performances. In winning style, both women's
and men's swimming, women's ultimate, and men's
rugby teams dominated the competition throughout
their seasons. Other efforts were not necessarily
rewarded in rankings or medals—the men's soccer
team that suffered a devastating playoff loss via an
offside goal that ended a superb match; the women's
soccer team, which had been ranked in the top five
all year, bowed out of the playoffs on penally kicks
against the ever-present .Alberta Pandas; the men's
volleyball team; and the amiable women's hockey
team that started its season with eight straight losses
but ended with back-to-back home wins.
The fourth annual Ubyssey Golden Coyote awards
recognise the athletic achievements of the players
that shone throughout the year. The UBC teams
proudly played in blue and gold, but only a few were
awarded with gold around their necks. Numerous
fans and medals may not have been there, but the
athletes and coaches representing UBC made this a
year that will be remembered for both its disappoint-
On a talented soccer team, striker Adam Plummer, a
transfer from Cariboo University College, managed to
make his mark and collect a few awards in his first
year at UBC. He was recognised as a Canada West AU-
Star, Canada West Rookie of the Year, CIAU Rookie of
the Year, and was named a Second Team All-
Canadian.
In another miraculous recovery, fifth-year power Guy
Davis missed the first half of the volleyball season
with an abdominal hernia. But he worked hard to
rehabilitate his injury and soon joined his team,
which became, over the Winter holiday break, an exuberant, emotionally-charged, and confident squad
that went on to beat several of the top teams in
Canada. The Birds went on a 9-1 game roll upon
Davis' return. Head coach Dale Oilman described
him as the "heart and soul of the team." Davis helped
make UBC a constant fixture in the national top-ten
rankings until the end of the regular season, when
they just missed out on making the playoffs. He was
named the Canada West Player of the Year and was
two votes away from being named the CIAU Player of
the Year.
TEAM OF THE YEAR:
The UBC men's and women's swimming teams have
each won not one, not two, but three national championships in a row—an accomplishment unmatched
by any other CIAU team. The men's side consists of
four CIAU All-Canadians, while the women boast six,
including the CIAU female swimmer of the year. No
other Canadian university team comes close to this
level—now, after splashing around with the little fish,
several Birds will face the best in the world at the
2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Honourable mentions:
Robert File, hockey.
Zaheed Bakare, basketball;
Honourable  mentions:
women's golf.
women's   field   hockey;
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
There were incredible athletes from a variety of
sports in this category, but one who raised the bar to
the highest level is high jumper SaraA McDiarmid. In
her first year as a Bird, she won the bronze in her
event at the CIAUs. And that was the worst of her
three showings at the national championships. In her
second year, she won the gold with a jump of 1.80m.
And in this year, her third, she won the gold again to
successfully defend her national title and become a
CIAU All-Canadian. This is the end for her as a CIAU
high jumper, but although UBC will no longer have a
track and field team, McDiarmid proved that she was
the best in Canada during her short time at UBC.
COACH OF THE YEAR:
The men's and women's swim teams maybe good, to
put it lightly, but there has been one constant behind
their combined nine championships (six women's
and three men's titles) over the past seven years—that
would be head coach Tom Johnson. He was named
the CIAU coach of the year for the pastthreeyears, for
a total of five tunes over the past seven years. The
strength of the powerhouse UBC swim teams never
seems to diminish, and that is partly due to his inland out-of-water influence and approach to coaching.
Honourable mentions: Dale Ohman, men's volleyball; Erminia Russo, women's volleyball; Hash
Kanjee, women's field hockey. ♦ THEJBVSSEY • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5,2000
PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING
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development, broad land use designations and objectives for
more detailed planning. The purpose of the Comprehensive
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OCP) is to interpret those policies and objectives as a
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focus on the second draft of the Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP), which addresses
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UVic rowers beat
up on UBC—again
by Holland Gidney
VICTORIA—It's 10:23am and a crowd of about 30 people is gathered
on the Johnson Street Bridge. Ten minutes later, a cheer goes up as
someone with binoculars spots two rowing shells passing under the
Bay Street bridge a kilometre away. As the boats get closer, the cheering gets louder as people encourage their favourite crews.
Oxford and Cambridge have their annual rowing race and
Harvard and Yale have theirs; the equivalent race between the
University of Victoria and UBC is the Brown Cup. Held at the end of
the spring rowing season, the race pits each school's top men's and
women's eight against one another in a head-to-head race over several kilometres. This year's Brown Cup, held Sunday on the Gorge
Waterway, marked
the
MAYBE NEXT YEAR: Despite a good effort, the
UBC women couldn't pull off an upset against
UVic in Brown Cup racing. Holland gidney photo
ninth time the
men have raced,
and the eighth time
for the women.
UVic has never
lost a Brown Cup
race, but this year
it looked like UBC
might present a
challenge. At the
Elk Lake Spring
Regatta, held at the
beginning of
March, the UBC
men's eight was
ahead of UVic until
a mechanical problem allowed UVic
to surge ahead and
win the race. And
since the UVic and
UBC women's varsity crews hadn't raced against each other in eights since the fall,
there was some speculation that UBC might have a chance.
But in the end, the results were the same as they are every year:
UVic easily won both the men's and women's races, even though
both UBC crews were closer than lastyear. In the women's race, this
may have been due to major changes to the boating order of the UVic
boat made the week before Brown Cup.
"It was quite an overhaul," said Rick Crawley, coach of the UVic
women's crew. "I decided to try the shake-up approach."
Crawley decided to go with a completely new boating order after
he saw a breakdown in the eight that faced Washington State
University in a regatta in Bellingham two weeks ago. UVic had a boat-
length lead over WSU at the 200-metre mark but fell apart and lost
the race. The UVic coach dropped three rowers from the boat and
moved everyone around so that only the coxswain and seven-seat
stayed in the same place for Brown Cup.
As a result, the UVic women claimed the Brown Cup win with a
time of 11:17, while UBC finished 19 seconds back in 11:36.
Though his crew finished second, UBC women's coach Craig Pond
was not disappointed with his team's performance.
"I felt that the crew performed very well. In the final weeks leading up to the race the crew made some major improvements, and we
feel that we had the best race we possibly could at this time," he said.
'Even though the results did not prove us number one we feel we
won the race within [ourselves]."
aAs for the men's race, most spectators didn't see the collision that
happened in the first kilometre of the race. As UBC was passing UVic,
the two crews clashed blades, causing UBC's stroke to lose control of
his oar. UBC lost approximately three boat lengths as as result
"I'm not sure who was in the wrong and who was in the right,"
said UBC men's coach Mike Pearce. "But there's no way there should
see "rowing" on page 15
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OPEN WATER: There was pre-race speculation that the UBC men's eight
might be able to pull off its first win in the Brown Cup, but after an early
collision with the UVic boat, UBC was never able to recover and was
defeated once again by their rivals. Holland gidney photo THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5. 20D0   -|g
Women's golf top-ranked in NAIA
Going into the NAIA championships, a young UBC squad is hopeful about its chances for glory
by Naomi Kim
By all indications, the UBC women's
golf team would be the last to admit
they're the best. But there's little question that they are.
Team captain Maija McCauley and
teammate Jackie Hays shrink away
from the tape recorder, and McCauley
smiles hesitantly as she obligingly
poses for photos. She mentions that
last year the team had to wear span-
dex shirts as part of its uniform. But
not this year—there's nothing uncomfortable or self-conscious about this
team. Except maybe its competition:
UBC, the Canadian underdog, is beating all of its American opponents.
In its first year in the NAIA, the
team was unsure of what to expect.
UBC went in unranked, but now,
going into the final two tournaments
of their season, the Birds are ranked
number one. Entering the NAIA
championships, which take place May
16-18 in London, Kentucky, the only
Canadian women's golf team is
ranked above 88 aAmerican schools.
Heading straight to the top and teeing
off against the best in the States is a
daunting task, but if anything, these
unassuming seven girls are giddy
about the whole thing.
"It'll be neat because when we go
there," said Hays and McCauley, bantering back and forth. "People will be
like...whoa, they're new and ranked
number one.' "
"Who are they?
SWING AWAY: The UBC women's golf team practices at Monterey, California (above), and
People might look up to us-that's team captain Maija McCauley shows off her M&Ms head covers (right). The team is
probably not the right word—but look  ranked number one going into the NAIA championships, which will be held May 16-18, in
at us like  oh.' London, Kentucky. The T-Birds are ranked above 88 American schools, photo courtesy ubc
But even at UBC, there were times women's golf team (above), cynthia lee photo (right)
when the golfers were given looks of ,    ,
not the bragging type. Most of them are
surprise. Many people still don't know
that there is a UBC golf team. But
McCauley and Hays agree that the team
is getting more recognition now that an
increasing number of people play golf
and the game has become popular
thanks to golf phenom Tiger Woods.
But golf is not just a leisurely pastime
for the team. Like other UBC teams, the
golf team has regular practices and
weekly work-outs. To build endurance-
one tournament this weekend had 36
straight holes—they run and swim as a
team.
Last year the team played against
American schools and played in NAIA
tournaments, but were not in a conference and therefore ineligible for the
championships. This will be their first
year playing at the nationals.
As the brand-new team in the NAIA,
the golfers' goals consisted of winning
their home tournament, which they did,
and going to the NAIA championships.
But the goal-turned-slogan of
"Destination Kentucky" will now be more
than just a trip. The only question at the
nationals will likely be what colour
medals the team will bring home.
But the golf team is far from cocky
about its chances. You may have seen
these girls around campus, but they're
"Rowing" from page 14
have been a collision." He said that the
officials watched the two boats get closer
together but did not issue a warning to
either crew to give way. They sat there
and watched the collision happen, then
told the crews to move apart"
Though he was onshore and didn't sop
the collision happen, after talking with
the officials, UVic men's coach Howie
just trying to get through their first year
of university. Four of them are rookies,
and McCauley is the only graduating
player this year.
In a sport where the slightest wind or
bump on the turf changes the game and
where its the little things that count, the
team has it all covered. They travel in
one mini-van to their tournaments in the
States, and they do little things like writing down the good things about each
other that help them come together as a
team. McCauley and Hays, for instance,
made and presented golf tags for each of
the players with their names and their
goal of "Destination Kentucky" on the
tags. The golfers' club head covers indicate the wide range of personalities on
the team, from McCauley's M&Ms to buf-
falos, whales, and other animals; they certainly have a fun time on their road trips.
Within such a positive environment,
head coach Ami Oishi advocates focusing
on golf and continually improving. At the
level that the team plays at, many players
have comparable abilities. According to
Oishi, at least 60 per cent of the performance is based on nerves. The important thing is to have fun and relax, and
Oishi feels that her main job is managing
the constant pressure, and making sure
Campbell said that it appeared that UBC
moved across and pushed UVic over to
the point where the coxswain couldn't
move over any further without hitting the
shore. The officials called it a navigational mistake," Campbell said.
"Unfortunately you can't afford to make
any mistakes in a race of this kind."
Because the collision happened early
on in tlie race, it may not have affected
UVic's victory, but the crews probably
the team gets its sleep, nutrition,
and energy.
Kentucky will be what Oishi
calls the "real test," and she's
anxious about that. She's just as
excited about her players, whom
she refers to as "[her] girls." She
e-mailed and called some of
them at 2 am to tell them the
"mind-blowingly exciting" news
of their number one NAIA ranking immediately after the rankings were released.
The UBC women's golf team is
young at heart—many of the
golfers are young in age, too—and
is enjoying its time at the top.
Golf may be considered a luxury
and upscale sport, but the UBC
team has also certainly made it
its own game.
Most of the golfers also play
during the summer, but the
game has remained fun for them
all, despite year-round play. And
this season, the motivation to
play has remained strong, and
the depth of the team has only
helped its success.
In the future, McCauley and
Hays, like their teammates, eventually
"want a career in golf, but not in the LPGA."
would have finished a lot closer together.
While Pearce felt that his crew might
have had had a chance to beat UVic,
Campbell didn't think that the collision
had much of an effect on the final outcome. 'It was early days, we'd started to
move back on them," he said. "But it's
unfortunate that we can't call it a clear
victory."
UVir finished in a time of 10:20, while
UBC crossed the line in 10:32. Both times
They know they're good, but they
"Right now, we're not good enough.'
So said the champs.***
add,
were well o£f the course record, which is
under the 10:00 mark.
While nothing unexpected happened
at this year's Brown Cup ne>.-year's race
could prove interesting/ something
Crawley is looking forward to.
"I'dlike to see UVic and UBC firiithing
two to three seconds apart" he said. And
if the two young and inexperienced crews
racing for UBC improve, that ceroid;very
well happen."* 16
TH E UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY. APRIL 5. 2000
To d ay's
Vancouver has a lot of local indie
talent, and it was about time
someone got it all down on
record. Sean Raggett, singer
for the Riff Randells and former
Good Jacket owner decided to
do just that. The result is
Vancouver Special...
Sean Raggett is holding a really big cake. Really. His
mother's friend made it for him and he's excited about
sharing.
This isn't just any cake, of course. Raggett has been
working towards this cake for several years. The cake was
made for the release party of Vancouver Special, a compilation of Vancouver's best indie bands and a benefit for
A Lovin' Spoonful, a Vancouver charitable organisation
that provides meals for people living with HIV and AIDS.
It's been quite an experience for Raggett. Since undertaking Vancouver Special, he has sold his clothing store,
seen his band—the Riff Randells—take off, and put together the best compilation that Vancouver's music scene has
seen in a long time. But where did it all begin?
Raggett's first exposure to independent music came
via a tried-and-true method in Vancouver: by volunteering at CiTR, UBC's radio station.
"I started volunteering there in '91, hung around
for about a year and then a friend of mine, who did
a show called Canadian Lunch, which was a local,
independent radio show, invited me to come host
with her. She left the following year, so I took over
the show and I did it 'til '95."
During that time, Raggett served as a programmer, worked on the executive, and wrote a column
for CiTR's magazine, DiSCORDER (the column he
wrote for was entitled, appropriately enough,
Vancouver Special). It was a cool time for Raggett.
"[Working at CiTR] was a total resource in terms of
being able to have access to the music that was coming in from across the country...I miss it a lot."
a^fter finishing his degree, Raggett left town for a
while. But upon his return to Vancouver, he felt the
pull of one of his other loves: vintage clothing.
"My partner and I had come back from Montreal
and we landed in Vancouver, and we were wondering
what we should do. I had been into clothing for a long
time, just mostly for myself, going to Value Village,
Salvation Army and finding clothes. There's quite a
market for resale on consignment items, vintage stuff
from the '70s, so that's what I knew how to do. And [my
partner] was an artist, so the idea behind [the Good
Jacket] was that she would have an art space and I would
sell clothes up front. We made a living that way, by starting a business."
The Good Jacket's philosophy was to sell quality vintage pop-culture clothing. Located in "Dysfunction
Junction," an affectionate moniker given to the triangular intersection at Kingsway and 8th by local businesses, the Good Jacket fit in well with the surrounding
neighbourhood. When it came time to celebrate the
store's six-month anniversary, Raggett asked a neigh-
Special
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THE RIFF RANDELLS, rawkin' out in style at the first of the
Vancouver Special Marine Club shows. What a belt!
CAT MOORE PHOTO
bour for some help.
"We had access to [Angel's Tattoo Parlour/Art
Gallery] and [a\ngel's owner] said, Teah, sure. I'd love
to have a parry.' So we had our six-month anniversary
party in the early summer of '97 with July 4th Toilet,
Pigs In Space, and thee Shitcookies, a band that had
only gigged at a summer BBQ in New
Westminster...so they were this hot thing. That started
the tie-in with music."
The Good Jacket became the official clothier for
CiTR guru Nardwuar the Human Serviette's band, the
Evaporators. The store also provided stage wear for
bands like the Pepper Sands, July 4th Toilet, and the
Smugglers, who used Good Jacket clothes for a bright
orange-themed appearance at the Pit
In addition to the store's renowned inventory, Raggett's parties also became legendary. Nai
whose band, thee Goblins, were invited to perform, remembers them quite vividly.
The Good Jacket parties were absolutely incredible. For some reason cops used to hang ou
parking lot behind the Good Jacket and eat pizza and stuff. So Sean would be having these hu
ties and the cops would just be eating pizza and watching them, even though they should've bet THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5.2000
17
y. Nardwuar,
ng out in the
jse huge par-
ve been shut
ting down the place. There
were minors in there; there
were people just having a
great time and the cops did
nothing. They knew that Sean
was so cool and these parties
were packed every single
time. It was amazing," recalls
Nardwuar.
Some of Vancouver's finest
underground bands came to
play. Bands like Destroyer,
Full Sketch, Bossanova, and
the Radio were  all participants,    and    with    concert
names like Condo Rot City.,
Pop Is Us\, and Feelin'Fine in
'99, how could they resist?
The shows were a success
and, most importantly, they
were showcasing bands that
didn't really have any place
else to play.
"A lot of these bands had
not  played   in   the   other
venues,"   says   Nardwuar.
"They weren't playing the
Starfish Room, they weren't
playing the Columbia Hotel,
it was a completely different scene."
"I was very selective,"
says Sean. "But there was
no shortage of people to
ask. I wanted the shows to
be about new talent, but I had the
advantage of being involved in the
music scene for a few years prior to
that. So, I already knew a few people
that had been in bands, were still in
bands, that were continuing into
other forms, so I knew who was
serious about their music and who
wasn't"
It was these concerts that
inspired Raggett to put together
Vancouver Special. He felt that the
bands that played at the Good Jacket
deserved the exposure that a compilation
could provide. However, just as he was
beginning to start the album, an offer was
made on the Good Jacket's retail space.
"Someone came in, two weeks after I
had started filing tracks, and wanted to let
me know that we'd be neighbours. She was
going to be moving across the street..and I
said "That's funny, I always thought about
selling.' I just kind of brought it up without
meaning anything by it, and she said, 'How
much?' and within two days the deal was
done. It was a surprise, but it was a move
that has obviously been for the better. For
me, I got to work full-time on the compilation."
a^nd work he did, pulling together 24
tracks from a broad range of artists. A testament to the calibre of bands included,
Raggett found it quite easy to pick the
tracks for the album.
T drew tracks, from the bands, that they
had submitted, but I didn't have to edit anyone's track. So, it worked out in the sense
that all the bands are already making really
good music, and in the terms of a compilation, there's no horseshit, if I can be blunt
TEereirnoTI^^
one or two that's completely horseshit-free.
This compilation is horseshit-free, there's
no horseshit
There hasn't been [a compilation] in
the recent past..that's concentrated on contemporary pop, like good pop underground
HEY! NICE CAKE Sean Raggett shows off a Vancouver Special cake at the album's
release party, last Saturday at the Helen Pitt Gallery, duncan m. mchugh photo
bands, not just people that are together for six months. These
people are musicians."
"It is a complete document of an undocumented scene," says
Nardwuar. "It's excellent. It's representing a scene that has not
been represented anywhere else. For some of those bands, this
is their first time on vinyl. It's great."
Despite the anthropological merit of such a compilation, it's
also remarkable because it's a benefit album. AR of the
bands have signed over their royalties to A Lovin'
Spoonful and Raggett is quite proud to be involved with
the charily.
"They're very practical, very hands-on. They're all volunteers as well...so there's actually an element of caring
going on there. It could have been any charity, although,
in terms of what's going on right now and where help is
most needed, this is one of the areas. a\nd going at it
from the basis of nutrition and natural health makes
total sense to me. On top of that, there's also a few members of the rock community that are already involved
with {the organisation]. There was abitofaconnection."
So, now that the album has finally been released and
that the Vancouver Special concert series, that had let
up to the release—which Raggett emceed—is done with,
what now? Well, there's a chance of more collaborations in the future.
"We were thinking about doing a "We Are the World,'
[with] all the bands. Robert Dayton [of Terminal City
and the Drippy Gazette] suggested something to the
tune of 'Cleaning up East Vancouver, we're going to
take to the streets with a Hoover,' and just play off of
that It could still happen."
Also on bis plate are the Riff Randells. Having just
released a 4-song 7" on Mint Records, Sean and the
gals head on a cross-country tour of Canada in June.
First and foremost, however, Raggett wants to
"ensure that Vancouver Special is the success it
deserves to be.
"[The  album]  totally exceeded my expectations...There'a sense of upliftedness about the
whole thing; when people can have a bit of dignity
and not worry so much about themselves. .And to
have that opportunity isn't all that common."* 18
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ALEX GOPHER
YOU, MY BABY & I
[Disques Solides]
Would you like to get funky? Then you should pick up this album.
Mex Gopher has successfully created an album that fuses excellent
guitar riffs with hypnotic electronica. He has a groovy, seductive
sound that is an intense mixture of voices and synthesisers (think
Moby's Play). A great deal of drum'n'bass also penetrates the
album,  creating many high-power  dance  tracks.  Songs like
"Quietstorm" have a hypnotic-trance groove to
them that is actually quite
relaxing (although often
mind-numbing).
So, let's say that you
pick up this album. Now
you've shaken your booty
for a bit to the funky tunes
and you suddenly have a
revelation, one which presents one of the few fundamental problems with
this album. It is completely devoid of coherent
lyrics. Granted, it does
have a few sporadic
words tossed throughout the tunes (mostly directly relating to the
names of the tunes). This can be a problem, but the bright consumer (hopefully you) will realise that many dance tracks have few
lyrics, and thus it may not be a problem to the music zombies that
tlie industry has created.
The second prominent problem with this disc is that it only has
ten tracks. Ten tracks! When I slap down my hard-earned money at
the local music store I expect more than ten measly tracks and a
smile from the checkout boy. .Alex Gopher, while a bit on the short
side, has put together a really slick album for you dance monkeys
out there to groove the night away to.*>
—Calum MacConnell
JET SET SATELLITE
Blueprint
[Nettwerk]
Have you ever thought of sitting down, writing a few lyrics, putting
those lyrics to music and repeating the process ad-nauseum? If so,
then you too are capable of churning out a record like the one these
two lads from Winnipeg "created."
Blueprint leans toward a crunchy rock style that many bands
have adopted, most of whom pull it off better (i.e., Econoline Crush
or the Matthew Good Band). Tracks like "Best Way To Die," and
"aAfter The Rain" are an attempt at rock music, but they seem fake,
over-produced in a vain attempt to sound heavier.
The band originally started out much fighter but changed its
style for this album. It's unfortunate, since the lighter tracks that
are included on the album ("Blueprint" and "Afterglow") are quite
good, with flowing sounds and peaceful melodies—sometimes a little too peaceful, almost sleep inducing.
Overall, the lyrics are a shabby mess. Uneven and rushed, they
sound as if they were written to fit the tunes. Jet Set Satellite's
"Blueprint" is manufactured; it has been cut and pasted together so
that everything fits. On the contrary, the impression is one of disorganisation and dystopia. So, if you're in the market for some
rock, do yourself a favour and buy something else.*>
—Calum MacConnell
BOWERY ELECTRIC
Lushlife
[Beggar's Banquet]
You're feeling very sleepy, your eyelids are heavy, you can't keep
them open. Either you're being hypnotised, you're pulling your
eighth consecutive all-nighter, or you're listening to Bowery
Electric's latest release, Lushlife.
Frankly, this album put me to sleep. Each and every song is
based around the repetitive beat of a drum machine—the same beat
playing over and over again. This computer-based music group
churns out song after song of monotonous noise, each song
extremely similiar to the one that preceded it. The vocals are
unimaginative and the tone is stagnant. This album is an insomniac's dream come true—a few listening minutes and you'll be in a
coma.
It's almost painful listening to all of the tracks on such a lacking
album,and more difficult still to find any redeeming factors. Even
the art on the album cover is dull. It's a suprise that the artists were
able to stay awake long enough to record the songs. Bowery
Electric's Lushlife is depressing white noise—its release another
hapless move by a shortsighted industry which actually thinks people are going to like this sort of thing. At least now I've got an extra
jewel case for other, more worthy CDs.»>
—Calum MacConnell THE UBYSSEY ■ WEDNESDAY, APRIt 5, 2000
19
The
show
was
smok
in
by Duncan M-  McHugh
Accompanied by a pianist and avant-garde dance company Kokoro Dance, she
warmed up ihe audience with a pleasant enough set. But fans who had come for
Big Sugar and the Tea Parly were getting pretty antsy. Eventually, the concert hall
was opened,
Toronto DJ Whitey Don set things up for Big Sugar's reggae set with a strange
segue. For a man who's supposed to be a reggae expert, he chose, confusingly, to
play some really lame music—sticking to dub versions of songs like "Billie Jean,"
"You Sexy Thing," and "It's A Hard Knock Life," from a4nm'e Weird.
After a tedious wait. Big Sugar began a tedious set. I had been looking forward
to seeing what Big Sugar would do, backed by the, Lowdown Babylon Horns and
performing alongside Vancouver painter Thomas David Anfield, who had been
asked to create a'painting during the set Unfbrtimately, the performance wasn't
nearly as dynamic as it was supposed to be
Anfield's painting, while interesting, didn't really seem to have much to do with
the music being played. Big Sugar were loud enough to necessitate ear plugs, yet I
was bored enough that I found it difficult to stay awake. Ttiough reggae may be
dear to Big Sugar's hearts, it wasn't too dear to the audience's ears and 1 was quite
relieved when they finished their hour and a quarter-long set
The Tea Party were up next. 1 might have had difficulty sitting tlirough Big
Sugar, but I was really not looking forward to the Tea Party.  However
\A/ln       f* ILT D L ll {can't..beUeve,,I'm„.saying,.,tibd»), I enjoyed their perfor-
Wlth DIP OUQQr QFld the   ICO rarfV Headlining  mance.IattributemistomyMvingantiGipatingtheworse.
,1 t a'/L      1 L L      It's sort of like mx Adam Sandler movie«-you find it kinda
the   ShQUJ,   WhlStler UJOS  Set tO  hOSt  qUfte   the faimybecauseyou.expectittobeattreallydumb.
ii I f L T I Their set didn't start off too well though; frontman Jeff
Shindig.   It LUOS almOSt enOUgh tO tOrget abOUt Martin was saying something about abusiitgtheatmos-
the Lung cancer and nicotine addiction
df*l entleman, smoking is not permitted in
•ibis venue*
vr
THE DU |p|§|lR 3|,
CONCERT STAGE 2000
at   the   Whistler
Conf erenfelllent^^o
Mar.   25
This seems to sum up the du Maurier Concert
Stage 2000. The "gentlemen" in question were
told they couldn't smoke and yet they were surrounded on all sidos by the red box and tendrils
of golden smoke that make up the du Maurier
logo. The whole event operated within this
dichotomy. On the one hand is du Maurier,
patron of the arts, which supports hundreds of
cultural events across the rountry. On the other
hand is du Maurier, the company that makes a
produrl thai is killing a lot people.
This didn't seem lo bother any of the artists
playing on the bill.
"I'm not here lo say smoke or don'l smoke,"
said Big Sugar's Gordjolmson before tin? show.
"[Du Maurier isj our patron of Ihe arts now.
Who's going to step in when they're gone? I hope
somebody. Do you think the laundry detergent
companies are going to move in and start presenting rock-and-roll shows? That would be nice
if they did, but right now we have people like du
Maurier and liquor companies, things like that It
makes the world go 'round, I'm not going to pretend for a second that it doesn't."
"You don't come to a Tea Party concert and
think, 'this is so great, I want to light up," added
Jeff Martin, lead singer for the Tea Pa rty.
So, with dozens of artiste eager to participate
and a thousand fans forking over $.30 each, tlie
Whistler Convention Centre sold-out for what
could be cynically construed as an elaborate ad
for a cigarette company.
Thi; evening began in tho lobby with a performance by Vancouver singer Coco I-ove .\lcorn.
phere, and he kept on reassuring ihe audience that everything they were sensing was "real," that no one had spiked
the beer. Ah, sure, Still, the band managed to play tight,
loud rock pretty well (though Martin's look-I'm-throbbing-
wi&*utensi'|y schtick began to wear pretty thin). It was also amusing to figure out
what songs they were covering, which were rather eclectic First came a cover of
Moby's 'Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" then a shortened version of Leonard
Cohen's oft-cwerad "Hallelujah." Finally, in ultimate tock-und-roll style, the Tea
BAH ABWICJ is doled out by Death {above) outside the Whistler Conference Centre while
Jeff Martin of the Tea Party {above left) play* beneath the ubiqutous du Maurier logo
inside, sara wows photos
Party started playing 'Sister Awake/ moved to David Bowie's "Heroes," then went
back to "Sister Awake." I had only ever seen Ozzy Osborne try that before (with an
"Iron Man*/*Paranoid* medley, no less).
Keeping with the spirit of the night, the group was joined by several other artists
throughout their set The North Indian Ensemble and the Armadillo String Quartet
both added an organic side to the Tea Party's middle-Eastern influenced, but
increasingly electronic sound. As well, an Indian folk dancer joined the show, as
did the Kokoro Dance company for a repeat performance.
Although, it was an ambitious undertaking, the du Maurier Concert Stage 2000
didn't really live up to the promise of being an artistically ambitious show with
diverse artists. Yes, there was an eclectic mix of performers, but the show was pretty much dominated by the two
AM E&ECTIC MIX: Vancouver painter Thomas David
Anfield (left) and Kokoro Dance (below) performed
onstage with the bands at the du Maurier Concert
Stage 2000. sara young photos
headlining rock bands. aAnd I can
assure you that the throng of kids
that showed up didn't come to see
a guy painting or a group of avant-
garde Japanese butoh dancers, nor
did they pay much attention to
them. As for du Maurier, they
made sure that everyone—including student journalists, who were
bussed, fed, hotelled, and dressed
for the show—were taken care of.
Despite my skepticism, they put on
a good show that pleased most of
the paying spectators. As long as
the crowd's subconscious didn't
fall prey to the giant logos that surrounded them there was no harm
done.<* 20
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by  andy  bar ham Fractured fairytales, but
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BullwinHe Show. Modern, with only the shadow of something fantastic lurking in the background, concealed within the drooping foliage
of sunburnt gum trees.  Bail's narrative is
metafictional, but isn't too obvious about it. He
explores the concept of the fairytale without
dissecting it into its parts, making his exhumation unobtrusive, almost unnoticed.
Instead, we are given examples of §||§|ll|§|lj
fairytales in modern setting via the s^?^j^!^^
storytelling of Ellen's unofficial suitor, and I daresay, at this point, that I
should elaborate a little on just what
Eucalyptus is all about.
Holland is an exile from the big
city who lucks onto a large sheep
ranch in New South Wales. So far as  * '"
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pretty obvious  Holland is  a city
dweller recently transplanted into a
country setting. .Although his wife ,-, J^jtL
dies in childbirth, she manages to W"'MS*S
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despite, or, as Bail would have it,
because of the fact that she is covered in moles, a la Marilyn Monroe.
So far, there is nothing of the fantastic to haul us into the fairytale realm.
Indeed,   a   mole-covered   heroine
smacks of magic realism, the fairytale's bastard child of the 20th century.
But we leave the normal workaday
world behind, and finally enter the
realm of the fabulous, when Holland
begins cultivating an obsession with
planting and raising every species of
eucalyptus tree on his land.
Obsessions of this sort aren't exactly
fabulous (they're the hallmark of
eccentricity, as commonplace in the
outback as they are in the hinterlands of BC).
Fabulation enters into this otherwise banal plot
when Holland decides that the only man who
shall marry his daughter will be the first one
who can successfully name every single
species of gum tree growing on his land. It is
the stuff of fairytales, no doubt, when Ellen's
reputation spreads, and would-be suitors come
from far and wide to win her hand.
By itself, such a plot would make for very
thin reading but Bail has added to it a collection of fairytales of the modern sort—narrated
by Ellen's unofficial suitor, whom her father
doesn't know about. This unnamed suitor has a
tale for every different species of gum tree, and
they are all as romantic as only a fairytale can
be. It is really through this rather artful device
that Bail deconstructs and redefines the concept of the fairytale. We don't learn about the
fairytale—not through ponderous dissection of
the fairytale's minutiae, as is usually the case
in metafiction; rather, we develop our understanding of this long neglected genre through
reconstructed examples plucked from their
medieval antecedents and replaced into modern settings. Bail, through the unofficial suitor,
gives us the entire concept of the fairytale in a
new, modern form suitable to a post-modern
reader.
These redesigned fairytales are no less fan-
Bail
[Vintage!
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tastic than anything codified by the
Brothers Grimm, or created by Hans
Christian j\ndersen, or even E.T.A.
Hoffman, despite their modern settings and the absence of the usual
supernatural interventions. In a
way, Bail is telling us that the world
we have created for ourselves is
every bit as fabulous and fantastic as
anything dreamed up by our superstitious medieval ancestors.
On the cover of the book, there is
a certificate which tells the potential
reader that Bail's reconstructed
modern fairytale won the best book
award somewhere or other, as well
it should have. Eucalyptus beats the
hell out of anything I have read
recently by any post-modern North
American or British author. The
Governor General might heap
awards on the next Margaret
Atwood clone, and the New York
Times Book Review might lavish
endless praise on the latest tiresome and trite bit of magic realism.
Eut for my money, give me more
Murray Bail. This is the way literature should be going in our brand-
spanking new millennium.**
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21
The Male Intel
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by Jaime Cona
If you agree with ol' T.S. that April—the time of term
papers, exams and allergies—is indeed the tVU~
•tlltS't month, then a night at the Vogue to catch
Robert Dubac's new comedy, 7ie Male Intellect: an
Oxymoron! might cure some of your woes.
In his 90-minute one-man show, Dubac plays a
character named Bobby who is going through a relationship crisis with his fiancee. As
he tries to figure out just exactiy what it was that he said or did wrong, various characters from his past, all played by Dubac, appear to^hejp Bobby out.
There's the Colonel, an exff&me CnOWfflfSf who teaches Bobby things like
"never call a female a bitch unless she's calling another woman a bitch; in that case, that
bitch is fair game.' aAjiother person who emerges is Fast Eddie, who tries to be cool in
his leather jacket with the turned-up collar. Jean-Michel, an exchange student who uses
his French accent to charm women, old Mr. Linger who has been in search of his mermaid for at least a hundred odd-years, and tough Ronnie Cabrezzi round out the cast.
Dubac kept the opening night audience laughing right from the beginning when he
appeared with a stack of self-help relationship books with impossible titles. Illustrating
his point that none of these tomes was able to help solve his problems, he OSKS for
the curtain to rise so that he can show what his brain has been cluttered
With. On one side of the stage, there is a frilly curtain to represent the feminine half of
his brain. The other side is cluttered with wicker furniture, clothes, a television set,
some chairs and a couch. Needless to say, he spends most of his time in the more mas
culine side.
Bobby's problem is that his fiancee has
requested more space. So while Dubac is busy
figuring out what he did wrong, he remembers
advice about women that he learned from the
five men who tried to teach him. Dubac manages to create six very distinct characters
through simple changes of lighting, voice, and
clothing.
So     far,     you're     probably     thinking,
"Hmm...this show doesn't sound so hot," but it
really is entertaining. There just isn't
much to say about it simply because Dubac
relies more on what he says and various one-
liners rather than special effects to amuse the
audience.
Dubac manages to present typical male
chauvinism in a way that makes the audience
laugh rather than get offended. While the
show doesn't have any profound observations about men and women, it is a hilarious
way to pass some time. I didn't really have
any quibbles with the show. Its objective was
simply to  entertain the  audience  with
humour, and judging from the response
last Saturday night, it succeeded.**
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AS I RECALL, SIJE ME SOUVIENS BIEN:
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
edited by IRPP with John Meisel, Guy Rocher,
Arthur Silver
 by Regina Yung
In my Grade Six classroom, a map of Canada covered
the far wall with brightly coloured pniviiKv.- and
star-marked capital cities. I remember looking al it
as my teacher showed us overheads <if Caundi.-.n
flags proposed before the advent of Liu- nwplu leaf.
Most of the flags featured British colours and
involved some perversion of the Union Jack, but the
one I remember best had nine beavers encircling a
frog. I am not making this up.
although these days it's usually less hlalant, Anglo
ambivalence towards the
Francophones in their
midst—and vice versa—has
been there pretty much
since Confederation. In the
wake of the 1995 sovereignty referendum, the Institute
for Research on Public Policy
(IRPP), an independent bilingual think-tank, decided to
promote French-English discussion by producing a commentary on pivotal Canadian
events that would include
both Francophone and
.Anglophone points of view.
The result, As I recall: Si
je me souviens bien, takes
34 points in Canadian history, from the Conquest to the
Referendum and illustrates the divergent interpretations given to them from inside and outside Quebec.
While this may not be a sunny Saturday morning
read, it is a good primer on Anglophone and
Francophone perceptions of—and problems with—
each other.
The book's format reflects its mandate, with a summary of each event fol-
^wed,.by„MP„..ess.a^....0Jie....V!n3.tten by
John Meisner m. Anglophone political
science professor, and'the other by Guy
Rocher, a Francophone sodologM. The
fault lines surrounding national unity
emerge as each event provokes two different reactions based on remembered
grievances that stretch from the hanging of Louis Riel to the failure of the
Meech Lake Accord. As the IRPP is careful to note, this is not really a textbook,
it's a document of intercultural relations. Faced with differing interpretations of each pivotal event readers are
left to figure out the implications for
Although the essays are the main
focus, I found the pictures and political
cartoons to be just as instructive. They
demonstrate firsthand the public opinions of the time and are usually much,
much funnier. One such cartoon by
Sydney Barron had the caption: "Don't
turn the [cereal] box around that way,
Ric1sy...yott know your father can't
stand all that French in the morning.'
The essays themselves are all painlessly short, and while they include
enough to give an idea of the issues,
they aren't even close to being ali-inclu-
siv8a For example, considering that the
IRPP acknowledges the lack of a Native
voice in the historical mainstream, I'm
surprised that the section on Oka isn't
longer. I guess the point is to go find out
more myself.
This compilation is certainly not a
definitive statement—it's more of a
bicultural sound bile—but il does provide some very relevant background for
the aAnglo-French debate that characterises Canadian publics and culture.
Despite the *0$J idealism behind this
book's concept, understanding the
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Here Comes the Bride
[Universal]
It's been eight years since the Spin Doctors released
their megaplatinum studio debut Pocket Full of
Kryptonite, featuring the smash hits "Litde Miss
Can't Be Wrong" and "Two Princes." The Spin
Doctors have yet to achieve comparable success with
any of their subsequent albums. After listening to
Here Comes the Bride, their latest attempt at revitalising their long-dead reputation, it's easy to see why.
The album is extremely ambitious and wide-ranging but while it may do a lot, it doesn't do
any of it well. Whether it's Jamiroquai-like
grooves with Steve Miller-sounding vocals,
attempting sunshine pop-rock a la Mark
McGrath and Sugar Ray, or just playing
straight-ahead, passive rock, the Spin
Doctors' material all winds up sounding like
a wide range of half-assed attempts. aAnd
indeed, all we end up with is crap—perhaps
a wide-range of crap—but crap nevertheless.
But even worse than the bad material are
the cheesy Z95 production effects: wailing
sirens, amateur scratching, videogame
sound effects, organ and choir bridges (not
surprisingly, the band actually does play
strains of the marriage song) and an extra
annoying bit with an answering machine. In
the end, it seems that the only purpose of
these effects is to confirm listeners' nagging
suspicions that yes, it can get worse.
Last August, it was announced that the
Spin Doctors' frontman Chris Barron had
been diagnosed with a rare form of vocal
paralysis which rendered him unable to
speak or sing for an indefinite period of
time, perhaps even forever. Let's hope that
during this unexpected hiatus, the band will
learn how to do something that, unlike
music, they can actually do well.»>
—Alicia Miller
CAT POWER
The Covers Record
[Matador]
The knock against Cat Power is that she only has two songs, the sad one and the slow one. Actually, she has others:
the fast one, and the angry one, and, way back when, she played the fuzz-tone one. Not to mention the slow, sad one,
and the slow, angry one. But whether she has two or five or whatever doesn't really matter, because they're all good.
Really good, and she makes other people's songs better, slowing them down and saddening them up until they're just
right.
On the Covers Record, Cat Power, also known as Chan Marshall, sings a dozen covers of songs, from the Rolling
Stones to Moby Grape, and in the process has come up with an excellent follow-up to her last album, Moon Pix.
Marshall, accompanying herself on guitar and piano, strips these songs down to their essentials, drawing out the
melancholy and bittersweet in each of them. She breaks the songs apart and builds something almost unrecognisable,
but often better than the originals.
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" loses its
chorus, its main riff, and most of its
tune; all Marshall leaves of the best-
known song on the album is a sparse,
brooding guitar line. All of Mickjagger's
cockiness is gone, and Marshall's beautiful, schizophrenic drone fills the space
it leaves. The Velvet Underground's "I
Found a Reason," and Smog's "Red
Apples" get equally good treatments.
Marshall seems to have stumbled
across a sound she's happy with. On
early albums such as Darling Said Sir,
she's almost uncomfortable singing a
good song, and sounds as if this is the
last thing in the world she wants to be
doing. But she's always been good with
covers—her version of the Sonic Youth
classic "Schizophrenia," on the b-side of
the "Nude as the News" single, is one of
her best-ever songs. And now Marshall
seems to enjoy singing and playing—the
songs are no less moody or sparse, but
they're less bleak and dismal. The
Covers Record is impressive and sad
and great and a lot of other good words.
And if you listen carefully, you'll realise
that no one really needs more than two
songs.♦
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All of these photos were taken on the
UBC campus. You may walk by them
every day. In fact, it's probably safe to
say that every single person on this
campus walks by one or more of them
every day. So where are they? What are
they? If you know what these objects
are and where they are on campus, then
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right, you'll win an entirely random prize.
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After you polish off that last paper, there may be a few other things you need to do
before kicking back and enjoying the rest of the summer.
The AMS has a few tips to help you get started:
Rent your place:
The AMS Rentsline has been helping students find off-campus housing since 1993. If you are
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• Non-students can find out more information by calling the Rentsline at 714-4848.
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The AMS is looking for a First Week Coordinator to help organize
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The First Week Coordinator would be a student position filled from
May 1/2000 to September 1/2000 full time (approx. 35 hrs/week)
and part-time from September 1 - September 15.
Renumeration approximately $7000 for this term.
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Applications should be addressed to:
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CAROLYN MARK
Party Girl
[Mint]
Somewhere
along the
line, country
music got to
be popular.
Not the plastic Top-40
country of
Garth or
Shania, and
not the
Wilco-led alt-
country scene that was trendy a while ago, but something similar to the stuff your mom would make you
listen to on the station wagon's crappy tape deck during family road trips somewhere on Vancouver Island
in the mid-1980s, and that, at the time, you really
hated. Maybe Carolyn Mark's mom wedged her in the
back seat of a car and subjected her to the torch and
twang, too, because this Islander's take on country is
a document of her cross-country travels. And somewhere on the road, this music got a lot better than you
thought it was when you were seven years old.
Maybe this kind of thing isn't, in fact, popular on
any big scale, but there's at least some attention being
paid to it. Neko Case's face has been plastered on the
cover of music magazines and newspapers all spring,
and the reviews of the former Emily Carr student and
Maow drummer's new album, Furnace Room Lullaby,
have all been glowing. aAnd Case and Mark team up as
the Corn Sisters, Toronto's Sadies have put out another strong record, and back in Victoria, the Butriess
Chaps have been making a name for themselves in
local music circles. Both Case and the Buttless Chaps
get mentioned in the liner notes to Party Girl, Mark's
first album, along with Dallas Good of the Sadies, as
well as the Victoria bars she's been playing regularly; this album is one that's been made by a lot of
people,   scraped   together   in  the
U JV B A N D     homemade way that Mark plays and
sings her songs.
It's not a great first record, but it's not a
bad one either. 'Small Victory," which features ex-Eric's Trippers Rick and Tara
White, is a really good song, and "Both
Ways" is a catchy lo-fi tale of black hearts.
Some of the lyrics fall into country
cliches, and some of the songs sound
too similar, but the general impression the album leaves is of a mostly
drunken trip across Canada and
back, bookended of course, by
the pre-recorded voice welcoming you aboard BC Ferries, a
voice all too well-known to
Victorians. Mark has gone
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all costs succumbing to the condi-    \    ,   _       c, ,
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tion which is Unband? Does bemg in
an Unband mean that you become an
Unperson; someone that never ever
really existed? Does an Unband write
Unsongs,   play  Uninstruments,   go   to
Unparties, eat un-cooked food?
What is the meaning of this new band
called the Unband? They have an album
called Retarder and it is heavy rock, good for
driving, drinking (not necessarily at the same
time, but maybe) and otherwise raising hell. The
Unband look like a bunch of washed-up, middle-
aged twenty-something college kids. No doubt they
have hairy, pasty white beer-guts, black lungs, and
stinky feet, though you can't tell that from the album
sleeve.  The  Unband would like  to  thank AC/DC,
Frankenorange,    Nashville    Pussy,    The    Strippers,
Nonsense Ben, the cast of Le Fish, Sparks and the Tee-Tote-
Lers, Dee Pop, B-Dub, Leggy Lizanne, SiouxZ, Heimytown,
Tommy "the
Cannon" Hanson,
and a whole wack of
other such notables.
They have decided to
sing about their favourite
"Ski Hat," a "Cocaine
Whore" they once met, how
they always "Drink and
Rock," and how they "(Sure
do feel like A) Piece of Shit"
sometimes. The Unband
don't unrock. ♦
—Tom Peacock
THE
Retarder
[TVT Records]
A    Band    or    an
Unband? What the
hell is an Unband? A
band that hasn't quite
yet reached full band
dom, or a band that won't
ever be a good band or the
Band—a fake band, a four-
man conspiracy, a practical
joke? Does a band become an
Unband when it ceases to be
relevant? Does a band strive
towards Unbandness or avoid at
lection of her songs,
a few bumps on the road
shouldn't  take   away
from    her    efforts.
Makes you realise
your    mom    was
right all along.»>
—Nicholas
Bradley THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY. APRIL 5,
29
Arts County Fair strikes back
by the Arts County Fair Committee
While we have greatly enjoyed previous Ubyssey "spoor
issues, this year's "Old, White, and Straight" was a disappointing break from your fine satirical traditions. As
organisers of Arts County Fair, we are disappointed to
see the Ubyssey's mean-spirited alteration of the aArts
County Fair poster in your recent "Old, White, and
Straight." The poster [page eight], and accompanying
write-up, implies that ACF is nothing more than a cash
grab for TicketMaster, contains "third-rate acts," and
costs $17.50 per ticket. This information is misleading
to say the least; however, we hope that this is merely a
result of the Ubyssey staff s lack of knowledge about ACF,
and in this spirit, we would like to clarify a few points:
1. It is impossible to hold a concert for 15,000 people without TicketMaster, who charge a mandatory
$2.75 per ticket as a "service charge." We've had a
long-standing agreement with the SUB TicketMaster
outlet to pay our guests' service charges ourselves. As a
result, patrons buying tickets in the SUB do not have to
pay this surcharge.
2. Past Arts County Fairs have included bands like
54-40, Econoline Crush, Matthew Good Band,
Barenaked Ladies, and Great Big Sea. While we don't
presume to dictate other's musical tastes, it is hard to
argue that bands such as these (as well as Moist and The
Watchmen) are "third-rate," as many of them are top
Canadian album sellers.
PERSPECTIVE
 OPINION	
3. The $17.00 (not $17.50) price is only for the day
of the Fair. The first 1000 tickets sold to ACF are only
$11.00 each, and up until April 5 tickets are $13.75.
This is to encourage early ticket sales, and not to
"gouge" students who put off purchasing their tickets
until the day of the fair. The term "gouge" is erroneous
in itself, as Arts County Fair is arguably the lowest-
priced event in Vancouver where you get to see five
exceptional Canadian bands.
Each year, Arts County Fair donates over $25,000 to
AIDS Vancouver and the Canadian Cancer Society, and in
its nine-year history has donated a total of over $ 100,000
to both of these charities. This is made much easier by
the literally thousands of hours of unpaid labour put in by
our staff of student volunteers. While it is not our place to
tell you what to write, we wonder if it is reasonable or fair
for a UBC publication to crudely attempt to ridicule an
event which gives so much, not only to two worthwhile
charities, but to UBC students in general?
What is most surprising to us was the Ubyssey's
choice not to change the name of Arts County Fair in
any way in their "parody." Not only is the resulting
poster slanderous, but it makes us wonder why, while
all the other "spoof" advertisements in the "Old, White,
and Straight" had their names altered, ours was left
unchanged. At the very least, we think the Ubyssey
should apologise for this oversight.
—This letter was signed by all 22 members of the Arts
County Fair Committee. See related correction page 2.
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THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2000
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TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2000
VOLUME 81 ISSUE 48
EDITORIAL BOARD
COORDINATING
Bruce Arthur
NEWS
Nicholas Bradley and Daliah Merzaban
CULTURE
Duncan M. McHugh and Jaime Tong
SPORTS
Naomi Kim
FEATURES
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Human Resources Development Canada
takes over student loans:
The best-case scenario
The best of Jeremy
Beaulne 1999/2000
Jonathan Abourbih announced the bad news to
Emmanuel Adjei-Achampong, Greg Amos, Barbara
Andersen and the rest of the crowd. "The end is nigh!"
he yelled. Terror descended upon humanity. Naomi
Angel and Lisa Arnold burst into tears, clutching Bruce
Arthur's coat. Coby Asiedu hid in a bunker, along with
Gordon Au, Margaret Bain, Brooke Ballantyne, and
David Banks, hoping vainly that the end of the world
could be avoided underground. Bruce Banner, on the
other hand, decided that he might as well enjoy his last
few days alive and set about planning a party at Federico
Barahona's house. Everyone was there: Andy Barham,
Jeremy Beaulne, Jeff Bell, George Belliveau, Justin
Berger, Laura Blue, and many, many more. Syvi Boon
converted to Catholicism, Jesse Boparai to Buddhism,
Tanya Boteju to Judaism, and Laura Bracken to Islam;
they didn't go to the party because they wanted to stay
home and pray. Even Nicholas Bradley repented of his
sins. Dev Britto and Shane Bryant went looting in order
to express the freedom that impending death allows.
Emil Burdett laughed gleefully as he burned the house
that Dannis Chan, Drew Chao, Kar Yan Cheung, and
Lawrence Chew all lived in. Natasha Adda Chin also
marvelled at the lack of consequences and went off to
rob a bank with Jo-Ann Chiu and Joe Clark. Julie Colero
professed her undying love for Deirdre Crampton, but
was shocked to find that Russ Davidson, Lisa Denton,
Junie Desil, Alex Dilnson, Manuel Dobles, and Julian
Dowling had already done the same. Jessica-Ann Dozois
tried to spend her life savings and go to the South Pacific
to face the inevitable doom, but Patti Edgar refused to
sell tickets, as pilots Thomas Egli, Julius Elefante,
Maureen Evans, Neil Fernyhough, and Fuzzy all refused
to spend their last days working. Jenn Gardy held a
workshop with key-note speakers Holland Gidney, Katy
Gilliam, Flora Graham, and Teya Greenberg who all dis
cussed how the dinosaurs must have felt. Kevin Gurr
read Craig Hasbrook's book on the subject and Karrnen
Ho wept. Vanessa Ho, Merillee Hughes, Melissa
Hungerford, and Deno Hurst took the bus down south to
meet James Hvezda, their favourite actor. Meanwhile,
Sara Irvine, Stephen Irving, Aisha Jamal, Eric Jandciu,
Gurpreet Singh Johal, Nicola Jones, Jen Johnston and
some NASA staff, including David Jurasek and
Stephanie Keane, all worked on building a space ship
that could carry them and their families away. Naomi
Kim, Heather Kirk, Caroline Kirsebom, Amanda Kobler,
and Susanna Kong all gave up on the project realising it
would never be completed in time, and instead decided
to join Richard Lam, Vincent Lam, Ryan Landels,
Jannine Lasaleta, and Doretta Lau who were dancing in
the streets. Cynthia Lee, Paul Leung, and Brian Lin all
kept their businesses open because they did not believe
the end was upon them. But even though the profits
were huge, their companies' accountants, Thomas
Lindner, Michael Listen, John Little/Andrea Lobo, Joni
Low, and Dale Lum refused to keep the records. Glenda
Luymes, Erin Kaiser, Calum MacConnell, Jeff Maclntyre,
Brian MacLean, and Mark McDonald continued working too, but only because they loved their jobs so much.
Alana McFarlane stole Jo McFetridge's boat and went
sailing with her best friends from kindergarten:
Cherilyn McKay, Rich McKay, Clayton McKee, Edward
McKenzie, Duncan McHugh, Aly McMeans, and Mark
Magdaluyo. Hilary March and Nyranne Martin sat on
the dock and sulked because they had not been invited,
while Glencora Maughan and Daliah Merzaban tried to
console them. Alicia Miller went for a long walk on the
beach with Claudine Allison Montes. Cat Moore wrote
letters to all the people she had forgotten about before,
like Eve Moreau, Sarah Morrison, Kara Mosher,
Michelle Mossop, and Jenn Neilsen, even though she
knew they would never get them. Sara Newham spent
her last days reading poetry by Lisa Niemetschek, Che
Nolan, Kat Norris, Ron Nurwisah, and Christian Obeck,
while Coralie Olson and Simon Owen wrote their own.
Hannohanjit Singh Pandher, Tom Peacock, Vital
Peeters, Mwalu Peeters, Anna Peled, and Rob Peters all
tried to convince people to join their respective cults, but
only Stephanie Phillips, Billie Pierre, Irene Plett, and
Kyra Pretzer were swayed. Most people, including Doug
Quan, Richelle Rae, and Gabby Resch, just laughed at
them. Jen Riley decided to marry Jamie Robinson
while David Roh left Joyce Rosario to join David Rott in
Monaco. a_adrew Rowat, Helenna Santos, Anthony
Schrag, Martin Schoebel, Erin Shaw, and Todd Silver
all drank themselves stupid, while Daniel Silverman,
Vashti Singh, Matthew Smith, and Fiona Steele pref-
ered heroin. T.R. Stevenson went bungey-jumping and
Melanie Streich took Superdude skydiving. Fara
Tabatabai, Amit Taneja, Elizabeth Taron, and Nicola
Taylor all figured it wasn't worth the hassle and just
went home to sleep. Kim The apologised for hurting
Wah Kee Ting so many years ago, and Jaime Tong and
Miriam Torchinsky applauded. Stanley Tromp
dropped the charges against Michael Ursell and Greg
Ursic, thinking it was better to hve and let hve, if only
for one more day. Wayne Van Der Meide, in contrast,
decided to tell Charlene Wee, Laurie Weir, Daryl
Wener, Tara Westover, and Andrea Winkler just how
much he really hated them. Graeme Worthy and
Jerome Yang decided to gorge themselves on the cakes
that bakers Aaron Yip, Alannah Young, and Sara Young
had been making all week for the famous Regina
Yung's birthday. And as the world ended, Brian Zeiler
pondered how the universe must have let off a huge
sigh of relief, but he was wrong; he had overestimated
the world's significance. THE UBYSSEY • WEDNESDAY. APRIL 5. 2000
31
Many thanks
to "a hero"
l am writing in hopes that the
kind young lady who assisted
me when my wheelchair called
il quite un a ride along the north
side of the 16th avenue pathway-
will read this. I had forgotten to
take my cell phone along and
can't imagine what 1 would do
sitting there in my wheelchair
without any power. .Along came
Vicki who offered assistance and
proceeded to push me and me
heavy chair hack to Hampton
Place where I live. It was a huge
undertaking for her, but she
struggled and we made it most
of the way. When I just couldn't
let her continue, for fear she
would injure herself or be late
for her appointment (and I had
lo take some responsibility for
being unprepared), 1 used ihe
chair to lean my bpdy weight on
and pushed with my legs the
short distance home. .As 1
approached the turn into
Hampton Place there was Vicki
waiting to make sure I made it
, afcay.
What a hero. I didn't ask her
for any of her information other
than her name and faculty but,
after calming down and getting
safely home, I wish i had. The
family she named was Kinetics
and she was in third year. She
wasn't a very big lady to take on
pushing a big lady in a very
heavy wheelchair.
The last and most embarrassing part of the story was phoning
the repair service for wheelchairs. The gentleman asked me
to describe what had happened
in detail and so 1 told the story of
rolling along the paved path and
bouncing along the cracks in the
tree roots at regular intervals,
some much larger than others,
but many in groups, and when
scaling the final one I was airborne and dropped to the pavement and the chair stopped
dead-no power. Hp then asked
if I had looked around the chair
at all and of course I hadn't so
he asked me to look for a connection on the side of the batteries, which I did, and there were
two connector parts undone—no
power source. 1 easily pushed
them together and wowee it
waited like a dream again (and
saved a needless service call).
I didn't make it to the shops
as I had intended, but it proved
to be a day I will never forget-
especially the part Vicki played
in it. What a special lady you
must be and I thank you from
the bottom of my heart. IOU big
time. Yeah UBCIIII
Jacqueline Tapper
Hampton Place
PhD student corrects Mozambique article
. by Emma C Kishindo
Some   misinformation   about   your   Mozambican
story [Mar. 17]:
May I begin by thanking you for showing some interest in a country like Mozambique which would not have
received any attention in your paper had it not been for
the fact that it was making such headlines all over the
place that you could not afford to ignore it My reason for
writing, however, is to bring to your attention some facts
which were not correct which appeared in the article
'The destruction of Mozambique' by Deno Hurst
[Mar. 17] in the 2000 Race is still the issue. My suspicion
is that these facts were incorrectly reported because of
their racial implications, which I feel makes this
response necessary. It is necessary because I am aware
that your readership has a very limited access to news
about Africa and therefore, it is very important that the
people who can volunteer to educate them do so. This
would ensure that the little information your readers
have on aAfrica is as accurate and up to date as one can
possibly make it. aAn item such as you carried on
Mozambique is a commendable effort on your part, but
I believe you are also obligated to ensure that your articles are as accurate as possible so that you provJdg^QUfgg,
readers with an accurate picture of the contmejit %d|
her people and not just half-truths. •..,-■;     1
There are three issues I would like to responl. to in |
this article. First the author says that "With no be#ering
countries willing to accept the growing nurfMI§™W;™
refugees, this population became ducks in a pond for
hunters with submachine guns." He makes this statement with reference to the 17 (he says 15)-year civil war
that started soon after Portugal gave independence to
Mozambique in 1975 and ended in 1992. This is a half-
truth because, while South Africa refused to take any
refugees from Mozambique, Malawi took in more than
one million refugees who stayed in Malawi until after
the war, with some refusing to go back now after the war.
Yes, it was no secret that South Africa shot (and still kills)
anybody caught trying to cross the border illegally, even
now with the flood problem. These, I suppose, are the
only people that Hurst refers to 'as ducks in a pond for
hunters with sub-machine guns.' Any environmentalist
who visits the places where the Mozambican refugees
lived in Malawi cannot fail to wonder whether it is not
the responsibility of everyone to stop mass movements
of people even within the same geographical region,
given the extent of the ecological damage that Malawi is
suffering as a result of hosting so many refugees in a
country that is already overpopulated.
Secondly, Hurst calls Mozambique the poorest country in the world. Again this is not true. It is one of the
poorest countries in the world. The African
Development Report (1997) (a World Bank report)
shows more than six .African countries with much worse
gross domestic product (GDP) than Mozambique for the
year 1995. Malawi is one of those countries behind
Mozambique with a GDP of $1,375 billion (US) and a
growth rate of 1.4 per cent against Mozambique's
$1,527 billion and a growth rate of 4.6 per cent 1999
estimates put Mozambique's growth rate at more than
ten per cent while Malawi was estimated at just over five
per cent. I would not consider these facts very important
in themselves were they not closely connected to the
third point I found disturbing in Hurst's article—not
reporting the assistance neighbouring countries like
Malawi, with all her poverty, gave to Mozambique during the floods.
In real terms, Malawi and South Africa have to be
acknowledged as the real heroes during the four week
battle against the floods in Mozambique. More so for
Malawi for sparing her two only spare helicopters to
help save fives in Mozambique. There are countries in
aAfrica and the world with much more complicated military outfits and a lot more to spare who waited too long
before going to Mozambique to save fives. I think this
should have been mentioned in this article because I
don't believe anybody in the West can imagine a whole
national army having only two helicopters and still being
able to respond to a neighbour's call for help without any
thought of what would happen to her army if those two
helicopters went missing in action. This is even more
important to mention because the news of disasters in
Mozambique travelled to the rest of the world in less
than 24 hours. The Western rich capitalist countries who
| humafl r|jghj| tfpk Imo^ fh§i| tifo ||e|ksf rSfofe
announcnig their sophisticated fid packagesib| a^sitia-
tion that needed a bunch of helicopters tosave|ife fiEt
and sustain-that-life later with food, dean #fcr llii
medlfiles. The West literally waited for mostt>f«f IlfiF
to cease before bringing aid to sustain those lives that
were too stubborn to perish. /And Hurst doesn't see the
need to mention this? Why does he find it easier to dwell
on historical injustices committed by Westerners in
aAfrica and ignore the fact that the West still does not
seem to feel inclined to respond quickly to the problems
in aAfrica as they would in Kosovo or some place where
the race involved is very much like their own?
a^nybody who followed the events in Mozambique
knows that you can't ignore the work that Malawian soldiers with their two helicopters did to save fives in
Mozambique. At least the South Africans had fought and
could go back for more if they saw the need. The least
that the West could have done would have been to give
the Malawian and South African soldiers more helicopters so do the job faster if they did not want their soldiers to do that kind of work. A few helicopters from
their armies would not have wiped out their entire air-
force budget the way it did with ours. (You probably
would have given us something you didn't want/use anymore, anyway). For us in Malawi, unlike the West, we
have nothing to choose from, nothing to plan for, nothing to save for. We can afford to give our neighbours 100
per cent support in times of distress because we do not
plan for wars. We can't afford wars unless some Western
government persuades us to buy their weapons of mass
destruction so we can kill each other. I, of course, realise
that Western journalism is all about putting the Western
world in a good fight, showing us in the Third World how
much you still care about us, how the guilt you suffer
from ail those years of colonising us and exploiting our
natural resources makes you feel partial towards us. But
you could do us a favour by also recognising how our
own efforts to get back on our own two feet are being forever frustrated by your new institutions of slavery and
colonialism such as the World Bank and the
International Monetary Fund. These are still committing
more serious atrocities against the peoples of the Third
World than the Western world cares to admit.
By the way, have you heard about the African
Children's Choir? They are actually in Vancouver right
now and I had a chance to attend one of their performances which they performed in St. Helen's aAnglican
Church on West Eighth and Trimble. I believe it was one
of the most lively musical performances I had ever
enjoyed in a long time and I was truly proud to be an
aAfrican. I was very happy to hear that they are raising
money to help themselves and other children back home
in Uganda and Rwanda who are victims of AIDS and the
Rwandan genocide until they told us that these kids have
been on the road for 17 months. Now. Seriously, isn't
this a form of child labour? Seventeen months on the
road raising money and they are still not through yet!
aAnd these are children, some barely six or seven! Is this
not slave labour, to be precise? These children have no
say about what they are doing or how it should be done.
IfTb^^fi^febeen brainwashed to believe that they can't
|§ia|fe a #e§e|it life at home in aAfrica because they are
Orphan^ They work their young bodies and voices to
|||kth tl| rliie money for their organisers to travel the
vsfeld "over m the name of helping poor African children.
^Wfijflalffffiese organisers use school dropouts for this
kind of fund raising? There are plenty of school dropouts
over the age of 16 or 18 who are orphans in Uganda and
Rwanda who would be happy to be on the road for this
long. These would have a say on what they are doing and
would choose what to do with their lives when the fun is
over.
When a similar problem was discovered in Romania,
nobody in the West suggested making Romanian children work for the aid that was being sent to them. Can
you imagine anybody suggesting that as a way of helping
out Canada's poor children? aAnd what I find most unethical is that these kids have been told to say 'NO' to adoption. Why should they be forced to say no to staying
where they like best? If they were 18 or older they could
decide to defect from their masters and remain in any
country they had visited that they liked. These kids can't.
They are like circus animals who are kept for the sole
purpose of making money for those who care for them.
We know from watching the young Cuban boy, Elian, on
television how such children feel. I feel these children
are being robbed of a normal childhood, something that
the West could never accept happening to any of their
children regardless of the circumstances of their birth. I
do not see how these children, whose lives have been so
disrupted by war and AIDS and now by someone conceiving of this fundraising Venture which keeps them on
the road for many months under God knows what conditions, could ever grow up into normal adults in their
own countries. .Any suggestions as how to help these
poor souls?»>
—Emma C. Kishindo is a PhD student from Malawi in
the Centre for the Study of Curriculum, and Instruction
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What is the most creative way to
alleviate year end stress?
Exercise...Exercise and liquor.
—Todd Knutson
Arts 4
I sing and annoy people.
—Chris Lam
Artsl
Playing guitar.
—Tyler Miller
Science 3
Going for walks with people.
—Gordon Macleod
MA Music
I listen to one of my worship
songs from Church.
—Sandra Gin
Artsl
Listen to music really loud and
jumping around.
—Deanne Leyenaar
Science 3
Veg in front of the television.
—Samantha Fu
Music 3
Listen to music really loud.
—Jennifer Harrington
Science 3
I make crafts and stuff. I also
cut my hair.
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Science 3
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